First Congregational

First Congregational

256 E. Chicago Street


First Congregational United Church of Christ sings these words at the beginning of worship every Sunday morning … You are welcome here, no matter who you are, No matter where you are on life’s journey…Come and join with us!  For us these words are more than a tune and some nice words.  They encapsulate the kind of extravagant welcome we believe God has extended to us – a welcome God has called us to pass along to everyone else.  Within the unfathomable reaches of God’s grace, we are learning to follow Christ through simple yet profound practices of discipleship.  And along the way we have a lot of fun too.

As Elgin’s first church, established in 1836, we are committed to staying in Downtown Elgin and continuing the ministry we began so long ago.  But we are not hidebound to the past.  In these days of rapid change within the culture, and within the church, we are rooted in tradition while sailing into the future.  Plus, we do not believe we have all the answers.  We do believe we are called to follow Jesus and explore the pilgrimage given to us.

So whether you are a spiritual seeker just beginning your walk toward God, or a committed believer continuing your walk with Christ, “you are welcome here, no matter who you are.”


Worship Services

Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.and usually last about an hour. Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month in both services.

The 8:15 service is an intimate service of approximately 20-25 people, which meets in the chapel.

The 10:15 service is our primary service in the sanctuary which includes the choir, children’s choir and bell choir through most of the year. You’ll frequently hear special music performances by our talented musicians as well as local and regional talent. We love Children at First Congregational Church. They participate in a portion of the service and are then invited to attend Sunday School which is offered from 10:30-11:30 during the school year, August-May.


Events & Social Media

For information about events happening at First Congregational please visit their calendar.

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Catch up on missed sermons by subscribing to the YouTube channel or view service videos here.


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