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What to Expect When You Visit
Sunday mornings we gather as a diverse community to be renewed by the living God. Through education and worship, music, prayer and fellowship, we are invited into the beauty, adventure and mystery of faith. Our Sunday morning offerings include enrichment and learning opportunities for children and adults, community worship in the sanctuary, and a fellowship hour in the parish hall. We warmly welcome you to participate in some or all of these opportunities as you wish. If you are a first-time visitor with children, please know that kids of all ages are free to take part in our children’s programs or to remain with their parents in worship, as they prefer. Families may sit anywhere they wish, but many prefer the pews opposite the Choir, near the side entrance—handy for quick get-aways!
Walk through the front door on any Sunday of the year and you will be greeted with a smile, a worship bulletin and an invitation to find yourself a seat. In the pew rack in front of you a red hymnal will be waiting, along with a visitor card for those who would like to make their presence known. The sanctuary is fully wheelchair accessible. Large-print service bulletins and assistive listening devices for those with hearing impairments are available as you enter.
Expressive, participatory liturgy, thoughtful preaching, a blend of new and traditional hymnody, and soul-stirring music are some of the elements you can expect to encounter at First Church Sunday by Sunday. We keep time by the seasons of the church year and tune our hearts, minds and spirits to the ever-present NOW of God. Worship leadership is shared by ministers, lay people and musicians, including Peter Sykes, Director of Music, and our dedicated volunteer Chancel Choir, whose repertoire covers everything from Renaissance counterpoint, to Sacred Harp, to Bach masterworks, to new compositions by resident musicians. For more on worship, click here. “What should I wear?” Wear whatever you wish. First Church has no dress code. Most of us dress comfortably and somewhat informally—heels and ties are definitely optional.