What should I expect at First Church?
Expect to be inspired and challenged. Expect to be moved. Expect to be reminded that you are a wonderful creation of God. Expect to learn about Jesus. Expect to be leave feeling better than when you came!
Are children welcomed in worship?
Absolutely. Jesus himself said: “Let the children come to me.” You’ll notice that many of our children leave the Sanctuary at a determined time in the liturgy. But others stay with their parents. It’s really up to you. We’re just happy to have the whole family here!
Where do I park? Is your building accessible?
Most of the parking is behind the church, though you are also welcome to park in the front on Church Drive. We have a large parking lot with ample spaces designated for people with disabilities or exceptional mobility needs. Most of our church building is accessible. The Sanctuary, Chapel, Parlor, Church Offices, Library and Parish Hall are all wheelchair accessible via ramps. The gender-neutral restrooms in the Parish Hall are ADA compliant. Unfortunately, most of our Church School classrooms are not easily accessible, but if we know you’re coming, we’ll do our best to make you welcome!
My family would not necessarily be defined as traditional. Is that a problem?
We have single people, divorced, married, partnered, women, men, gay, straight. We have those whose family members are of different faiths, or no faith at all. We have children and adults. We practice a generous understanding of the Christian faith, where each and all are welcomed to the table of grace!
How do people dress?
This is such a great question and one that people are often reluctant to ask! Some people will be in a dress or coat and tie. Some will wear jeans or shorts. Some people have ironed their clothes and others have never ironed anything in their lives. In other words, wear what makes you comfortable. Our greatest joy is that you show up. How you look when you show up is up to you!
I have never read the Bible. Will I be lost?
It's doubtful that you will be lost. Most people have not read the Bible from cover to cover. While our sermons, liturgy, and hymns are firmly rooted in Scripture, we work to create a “user friendly” worship service; one in which Scripture is mixed generously with common sense, human experience, and current events. And here is something important to know about us and the Bible: we take it too seriously to always take it literally.There is a wonderful phrase that says, "The church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints" We come just as we are. We come knowing a little or knowing a lot. We come knowing little and find out we know more than we thought we did. We come knowing a lot and find out there is still much to learn. We come because we have something to share. We come because we are in need.
How long are your services?
Our worship services are usually about an hour. And when it’s good, that’s plenty!