First Congregational Church Offers New Format As It Launches Saturday Service
- Name: Kari Gippert
- Occasion: Inaugural Saturday Evening Service
CRYSTAL LAKE, IL--To respond to the needs of its members and those in the community, First Congregational Church (FCC) (461 Pierson St.) will offer a Saturday evening service beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23. The service, which will be called Spirit Worship, will be the fourth Saturdays in June, July and August and then weekly beginning Sept. 8.
Different in format from FCC's traditional Sunday services, Spirit Worship will be multigenerational, come-as-you-are and will feature a variety of music. Following the service, join us for our "Happy Hour," which will include such things as a light dinner, an ice cream social and games.
"We are thrilled to offer this new and different service to the community," said Rev. Budd Friend-Jones, senior minister at First Congregational Church. "A wonderful group of church members helped us understand the interest and need for a new form of worship at a time that is accessible to people who would rather worship on Saturdays. We welcome people of all ages to come to Spirit Worship just as they are, even if their kids are still in their soccer uniforms or if they're dressed up for a night out."
Friend-Jones said FCC soon will announce plans to update its Sunday School curriculum and its Sunday services to reflect its understanding of community needs. FCC's commitment to theological oppenness will remain the same, he said. However, a few key adjustments will help the church better reflect its understanding of its members' needs. Childcare will be available for children ages five and younger.
"We welcome everyone, no matter who they are, to join us on this journey of faith," he said. "Our hope is that you come because you want to, not because you have to."
Founded in January of 1842 by nine people, First Congregational Church 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 at 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." (written by Michelle Green)