FCC Offering New Worship Formats In Fall, Including The Launch of Weekly Saturday Evening Service
- Name: First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake
- Occasion: New Formats At Fall Worship Services Starting September
CRYSTAL LAKE, IL —One of the oldest churches in the community, First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake, brings new personal touches to multiple worship services with the hopes of providing a spiritual connection no matter where you are on your journey of faith.
Beginning Saturday, September 8, a weekly 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening service -- known as Spirit Worship -- is offered at the church’s intimate Chapel.
Spirit Worship is a casual, come-as-you-are, intergenerational service, accessible and welcoming to all, inviting to both newcomers and those who are unable to worship on Sunday mornings. Childcare is available up through the age of five. Fellowship always will follow the service. Music leadership will feature a variety of musicians and styles, coordinated by FCC Music Director Ann Tucker.
Starting Sunday, September 9, the church returns to its regular weekly schedule of two worship services on Sundays. As in the past, the 9 a.m. Pilgrim Worship centers on preaching, prayer and the rich variety of music available at FCC. Musical leadership will be provided primarily by the adult Vestry Choir, but will include bells, classical, folk and praise music as well as children’s choirs. Sunday School, known as JAM (Jesus And Me), will be offered only during the 9 a.m. service for children through Grade 7. FCC Sunday School introduces a new rotation-model curriculum, using workshops such as art, music, and science to teach key Bible stories and elements of the Christian faith. Nursery care will be provided for children up through age three. Children attend worship then adjourn to their classes until 10:15 a.m.
Also beginning Sunday, September 9, FCC introduces its Journey Worship weekly service at 10:45 a.m. At this service, FCC’s devotion focuses on a Bible story- and theme-based intergenerational worship, which seeks to educate and celebrate simultaneously. It embraces exploration of major themes and stories of the Bible in creative new ways that connect with each of us, wherever we are on our journey of faith. Nursery care will be provided for children up through age three. There is no Sunday School at 10:45. Music leadership will be provided primarily by Alleluia Sound, the high school choir.
In all of FCC’s worship services, communion will be celebrated regularly.
“We are very excited about offering a variety of worship alternatives for our church members and the community,” said Budd Friend-Jones, senior minister. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, our hope is that you come to church because you truly want to, not because you believe you HAVE to. It should be an enjoyable, meaningful experience.”
Visitors are always welcome to any FCC church activity. FCC is accessible to persons with special needs. Large print bulletins and assisted listening devices are available at Sunday services. Also, an entrance for people with mobility impairment is on the Lake Street side of the church.
Founded in January of 1842, First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake is part of the United Church of Christ. Throughout its history, FCC has been part of ministries of compassion and advocacy in the region. Today the United Church of Christ is one of the most diverse churches in the United States. The UCC’s motto, “that they may all be one,” applies well to the people of FCC. Members of FCC are committed to the growing together in faith and fellowship. Just as it was more than 170 years ago, today’s FCC is a place of creative and warm energy where people gather to make the world a better place. “Our doors are open,” its members say. “You are welcome here.”
For further information about the worship services, contact the church office at 815-459-6010 or e-mail us at email@example.com or visit the Web site at http://fcc-cl.org.