Who We Are

Who We Are

First Congregational Church was established in 1883 and became a part of the United Church of Christ in 1957. We are a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in concrete and meaningful ways.

What We Believe

First Congregational Church affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God. We also accept, as a faithful testimoney, the historic creeds and confessions of our Christian ancestors.

 

Our Purpose

“Let God’s word fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your life, that together as a church family we serve God’s will in the world.”

 

At First Church You Will Find:

A diverse group of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.
A loving, supporting and inclusive church family.
Positive and practical teaching messages, for all including Sunday School for our youth.
Community support for agencies and outside groups of which some meet on the church campus.

A comitment to Social Justice through outreach.
Providing non-perishable food for the Neighborhood Center, and
Hurricane Disaster Relief Kits, School Packets for children of Migrant Families.
A Garage Thrift Store which helps to support community needs
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Why? Because God Is Still Speaking . . .

Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.
We believe in God's continuing testament.  This is why we are committed to hearing God's ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today.  We try to remain attentive to God's creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship.  We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking.  Why? Because God is still speaking,

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,
you are welcome here.

We believe in extravagant welcome.  This is why we insist that God's communion table is open, not closed, and God's gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable.  We advocate justice for all.  Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love.  We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God's mission.  Our perspective is global, not provincial.  We work with — not against — people of other faiths.  Why? Because God is still speaking,

Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
We believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally.  We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace.  This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships.  Why? Because God is still speaking,

 

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Welcome

 

“A Place to Share Your Faith Since 1883”

JESUS DIDN’T TURN PEOPLE AWAY, even those often rejected by others. We are like a “company of strangers,” made family by the grace of God. God welcomes, claims, and loves all people. God also feeds our hunger, forgives our sins, and frees us from aimless wandering.

This is no idle chatter.  The United Church of Christ has been bold in extending an invitation to all. For example, our historic denomination was first to ordain an African-American pastor (1785), a woman (1853), and a gay or lesbian  (1972).

We reach out through Worship, Music, Children’s Ministry, Fellowship opportunities for all, Adult Bible Studies, Missions Projects, Community and Global Outreach .

Our facilities are used as an outreach to our community by sharing our space with community groups such as Meals on Wheels, West Volusia Music Club, Art Classes and various AA Groups like the Grateful Group, District 19, Sisters In Sobriety and Sobriety First.

 

Youth Message

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Our Youth Share Their Message
of Extravagant Welcome

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