Weekly services are a time for people to experience God and respond with worship. At First Church, we understand that we all connect to God through different avenues, and we embrace that. In all of our worship services, we seek to give glory to God for transformation in Christ that changes lives inside and out.
Sanctuary Worship | Sundays, 10:00 AM | (FEC) Sanctuary — 604 Market St
Join us for worship in the First Evangelical Center (FEC) Sanctuary located at 604 Market St. This service includes a Biblically-based sermon, Scripture readings, prayer, and times for meditation. You can dress casually or wear your Sunday best; we want you to come as you are.
All necessary steps are being taken to adhere to CDC guidelines, but we cannot guarantee the safety of every person who attends. Therefore, if you are in a higher risk category or feel unwell, please make the best decision for you and your family about coming on a Sunday morning. Online Worship will still be available at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, and 11:00 AM. You must pre-register to attend.
Please enter through either the Packer St or Ross St doors. (The Ross St doors are reserved for the disabled.) The doors for worship open at 9:45 AM. When you arrive, a volunteer will be there to open the door and greet you. We ask that you sanitize upon entering the building and grab a mask if you don’t own one already. You’ll be directed to the Sanctuary, where we ask you to find a seat in a row that’s not been blocked off and about six feet between family groups.
We encourage those who are comfortable doing so to worship in homes and to follow government guidelines related to social distancing and wearing masks. It is our way we can be sent out into our communities and invite family, friends, neighbors, and folks who aren’t connected to a church to worship. If you worship with a group in your home, please list the names of people worshiping on the Connection Card so that we can know who is staying connected to First Church.
Online Worship | Sundays, 8:00/9:30 AM/11:00 AM
Celebrate Recovery | Sundays, 4:30 PM | (FEC) Sanctuary — 604 Market St
A Christ-centered program that gives people the resources and relationships to help recover from past or current hurts, habits, and hang-ups, whether they are affecting their own life or the lives of those around them. Celebrate Recovery is meeting in-person on the first floor of the FEC (use the door by the fountain). Participants are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing. You must be 18 or older to attend.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
- CHANCEL CHOIR
The Chancel Choir provides musical leadership and reflection for Sunday morning worship in the FEC and special services. Anyone with the desire to sing can join! Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8 PM in the Music Room located in the basement of the First Evangelical Center (FEC). Please contact Carol Schwanger at [email protected] for more information.
- BELL CHOIR
The First Church Bell Choir provides reflective worship for both FEC Sunday morning services, as well as special services throughout the year such as Christmas Eve. Rehearsals take place Thursday evenings from 7 – 8 PM in the Music Room located in the basement of the First Evangelical Center or Sanctuary. A basic understanding of music notation is suggested but not required. Please contact Becky Ciabattari at [email protected] for more information .
- CLC WORSHIP BAND
The Worship Band leads Sunday Worship at the Christian Life Center (CLC) with modern music. If you have questions or are interested in joining the team, please contact Jon Saylor at [email protected]
OUR WORSHIP PHILOSOPHY
Worship is Christ-centered. Jesus is the focus of our worship, not us. “…at the name of Jesus every knee will bow…” Philippians 2:10
Worship leads to transformation. Authentic worship changes our lives inside and out. “…whenever he (Moses) entered the Lord’s presence…they saw that his face was radiant.” Exodus 34:34, 35
Worship is participatory. Worship is not a spectator sport for trained professionals. The more broadly and deeply the people are involved in worship, the richer the worship experience. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…” Hebrews 10:24
Worship can be done in different ways. Some people connect best with God through the ancient traditions of the church. Other people find God in fresh, contemporary expressions of worship. There is no “right” way to worship. That is why we offer different styles of worship. “…true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.” John 4:23
Worship is for everyone. We believe that God is most pleased when our congregation is most diverse and people of different ages, backgrounds, and abilities can all worship. Come as you are. Wear what is comfortable for you. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6
Worship is invitational. Worship can be an entry into the body of Christ. We expect that every week there will be a first-time guest and that people to come will come to worship who are not familiar with “church.” Thus, we often explain what we are doing and go out of our way to make guests feel comfortable.Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!” Psalm 96:10
Worship is not just for Sunday mornings. We gather at different times during the week. We all are called to worship God with our whole lives, not just to give God an hour a week. “…let us continually offer us a sacrifice of praise to God.” Hebrews 13:15