You may have passed by the “red doors” of our big brick church on Wydown that sits just east of Washington University’s dorms many times. You might have seen the pre-school children playing on the playground or a “car & dog wash” sponsored by our Youth group. You might have noticed that we are a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a denomination that emphasizes personal faith and seeks unity while celebrating diversity. And if you’re a history buff, you might even know the First Congregational Church was founded more than 150 years ago as an abolitionist church, and that we have had a long tradition of outreach in our community.
But the building, the activities, even the history are not what will make a difference to you when you walk through our “red doors.” Like the children’s rhyme, “the best part is experiencing the people.” People who are happy to accept you wherever you are on life’s journey. People who enjoy an intellectual challenge as much as a good hearty laugh. A diverse group of teachers, scientists, musicians, construction workers, doctors, business owners, social workers and students who share one thing in common: that God is alive in our lives and present with us as we gather together and become a warm, caring family that shares God’s love with each other and the larger community.
We also aim to be an all-inclusive church with reserved parking spaces on the side lot, level entrance access at our side door, elevator access to all floors, wheelchair lifts at the front and playground entrance, as well as large print bulletins and audio devices to hear more clearly. One of our goals is to “Widen Our Welcome” more each year. We are open to all as an Open and Affirming Congregation.
Or just come open our doors, discover the warmth and meet all the people waiting to share God’s “extravagant welcome” with you! Join us for worship – Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. Come just exactly as you are. As we like to say: there are no strangers here, only friends we haven’t met yet!