We offer three weekly opportunities to worship and expand your faith. Each service focuses on the same weekly message, but is shared and discussed in different manners to reach the needs of our congregation and community. Regardless of which weekly service you join us for, you will experience a sense of spiritual recharge and deep connection with God while uniting with others who are also looking for the same.
Sunday Morning Worship
9:15AM – Sanctuary
This hour-long service offers a blend of traditional worship elements, confessions, statement of faith and a pulpit-led sermon. Hymns open and close the service as well as provide another opportunity to unite to offer praise to the Lord. Weekly special music is provided by children, youth and adult vocal and handbell choirs, as well as instrumental ensembles. We celebrate Holy Communion eight Sundays each year, inviting all who profess faith in Jesus to partake. Special events and holidays are often included and recognized. During this service, childcare for preschool children (kindergarten and younger) is provided in our nursery.
We recommend this service for those who are looking for a more classic outlook on worship and prefer hymn-led music.
Communion during the Morning Worship is celebrated at these times:
- Epiphany Sunday (early January)
- Ash Wednesday (evening service)
- Maundy Thursday (evening service)
- Easter Sunday
- Pentecost Sunday (late May)
- Mid-Summer (late July or August)
- World Communion Sunday (early October)
- First Sunday of Advent (Late November or early December)
Sunday Midday Worship
11:45AM – Fellowship Hall
This hour-long gathering provides an alternative and informal atmosphere for worship. Led by both praise band music and discussion-based message, we unite to praise the Lord together while understanding scripture from the viewpoints of those joining us. Communion is shared the first Sunday each month with all who accept Jesus as their Savior. At this time, there is no separate childcare provided for this service, however we provide a space for little ones and their parents and guardians to worship together – interruptions and all!
We recommend this service for those who are looking for a more modern, relaxed take on worship and prefer contemporary praise and/or christian music.
Sunday Evening Bible Study
5:15PM – Chapel
This 60-90 minute bible study looks at the weekly message share during the Morning and Midday Worship services more deeply and with Bibles in hand. This informal setting allows for discussion of scripture, sharing of thoughts and asking of questions.
We recommend this time for those who are looking for deeper discussion and personal reflection on scripture.
PRACTICES OF FAITH
Biblicially, water is the symbol of cleansing and life, such as the water of creation, the great flood, the parting of the Red Sea, even the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. We recognize when an individual is baptised through water and the Holy Spirit, the individual is receiving the grace of God, joining the universal church and the renewal of spirit through the cleansing of all sins.
During a Sunday Worship Service (Morning or Midday), the individual to be baptised (infant, child, youth or adult) will receive the placement of water upon their head, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. When an infant or child is baptised before an age of full comprehension and their spiritual maturity, the authority of this Christian rite is granted from a covenant from the parents, congregation, and God. The parents, congregation and if chosen Godparents, promise to raise the baptized child with Christian love, education, values and example. Once the child is of spiritual maturity age, we encourage the child to confirm their faith, typically though confirmation.
When the baptised is an adult or youth, a statement of Christian faith will be used and the individual will be proclaiming their confirmation of faith at the same time. Membership can also be incorporated into an adult’s or youth’s baptism, following the individual participation in a new members’ class.
Please contact the pastors to begin the process of baptism for yourself or your child. Pastors will meet with the family at least once prior to the baptism to become familiar with the family, ensure that they understand the meaning and accept the responsibilities of baptism, and familiarize them with the format of the baptismal service.
Confirmation is the continuation of Baptism for those 13 or older, where the confirmands will learn more about the Christian faith and develop a deeper connection with the Holy Spirit. Weekly meetings, late September through May, follow the United Church instruction work book My Confirmation: A Guide for Confirmation Instruction to provide youth insight into: the Bible, its origins, and how to use it; Christian beliefs; understanding God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit; and the Christian church.
Confirmands are matched with an adult mentor from the congregation to learn together, build a friendship and help to determine what to include in their Statement of Faith. Prior to Confirmation Sunday (Pentecost Sunday), Confirmands write their Statement of Faith as a capstone to their confirmation classes.
Confirmation is open to all students. Speak to the Pastors to learn more.
First Church membership is open to all who profess faith and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. The individual interested in membership does not need to be baptized when requesting membership, but will need to be baptised prior to joining First Church. Baptism can be done in conjunction with joining First Church.
First Church membership allows a person to vote at congregational meetings, join committees, and be considered to be on Church Council. The desire to join First Church can be by informing the Pastors or by attending a periodic New Member’s Class. New Member Classes are typically a one time hour gathering with fellow people interested in joining and the Pastors. A person can join First Church either at the 9:15 service or the 11:45 service.
First Church welcomes and celebrates couples looking to be wed and to unite their lives before the Lord. To assist couples transition to married life, it is strongly encouraged for the couple to participate in 4 premarital counseling sessions with pastors prior to the wedding and one following.
If one or both members of the wedding couple have a connection to the First Church congregation, the couple may be married by the Pastors within the Sanctuary. If the couple wishes to be married at another location, they do not need to be connected to First Church to be married by the Pastors.
All three pastors, are available to conduct funerals for First Church members or their families. Often the family first contacts a funeral home of choice and then the funeral director contacts the church. Depending on the preferences of the family and the availability of the pastors, a pastor or pastors will be chosen and a time and place will be set for the funeral. Prior to the funeral, the pastor or pastors will meet with the family to plan the funeral service. This service can be in the church, at the funeral home, and/or at the graveside. A funeral luncheon can be provided at the church if the family requests such a gathering. The two funeral homes with which the church works most closely are: