OUR MINISTRIES


WORSHIP

Worship is the heart of our life as a church.


When: Sundays at 10:30 AM

Where: In our sanctuary. Our address is 6501 Wydown, Clayton MO 63105.

On Sundays the community gathers to give thanks, celebrate, meditate, pray, confess, and hear the word of God. We seek a worship experience that speaks to both our heads and our hearts. As an Open and Affirming congregation, we welcome persons of all ages, abilities, races, genders, sexual orientations, and religious or political persuasions.

Our worship services usually last about an hour and are led by our Staff Team, lay members, and musicians. Children are welcome at any time during our services, and after the "Time with Children" toward the beginning of worship, the children are invited to go to Sunday school with their teachers. We offer Communion on the first Sunday of each month, and all are welcome to the table. Also on the first Sunday of the month, the children are invited to stay for the whole worship service, either in the pews or at the "Prayground" with Emily Stokes, Minister of Children and Families.

Sunday Morning Livestream

If you are unable to worship with us in person or if you want to revisit Sunday's worship, we live stream our worship services. Beginning at 10:30 am each Sunday, you can watch live from your computer, tablet, or smart phone right here on our website. Click the player above to watch our most recent service, or live at 10:30 AM on Sunday. You can go back to our Ustream page to view our most recent worship services.


MUSIC

Music is an important part of our congregational life.


Music is central to worship at FCC! We take pride in programming music from a diversity of times, places, and people. Choral music for the 2018-2019 season spans from the Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis to living composers Rosephanye Powell, Abbie Betinis, and Sarah Quartel.

In June 2018, FCC welcomed our new Minister of Music, Dr. Sarah Bereza.

  • Chancel Choir: The Chancel Choir of professional vocalists and volunteers sings for Sunday services September-May, special services, and musical events like our Spring choral concert.
  • Youth Music (formerly Choristers): Children and young people sing together in their classes and in Youth Choir rehearsals, learning songs to take into their daily lives and to share with the whole congregation in Sunday worship services.
  • Handbell Ringers: The Handbell Ringers is our all-volunteer ensemble of handbell enthusiasts. We rehearse weekly September-May and lead musical worship once a month.
  • Summer Music Teams: Summer Music Teams of instrumentalists and vocalists lead our musical worship from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Lecture and Concert Series: New in 2018 is our Lecture and Concert Series. This year, it will include a spring choral concert and a winter organ recital.
  • Instrumental Music: FCC is home to many gifted instrumentalists, both adults and children, and we welcome their ministry throughout the year.

Would you like to sing or play an instrument in one of our ensembles? Please contact our Minister of Music, Sarah Bereza. You do not need to be a member of the church to participate in our music ministries.

If you would like to be a part of FCC's music ministry, but are not able to commit to regular weekly rehearsals, consider joining our Summer Music Program!

CHILDREN & FAMILIES

We welcome children in the life of our congregation.


From Sunday School to fellowship opportunities to exciting family events, we strive to help young people experience the love of God.

  • Worship & Sunday School: We believe that both worship and Christian education are vital to spiritual formation. On the first Sunday of every month, we invite our children to stay in worship at the Prayground. This allows children to play quietly (while supervised) while experiencing what it means to worship. On the following Sundays of the month, our children start in worship and after the "Time with Children" we invite them to join us in Sunday school. 
  • Family Events: From Fall Outdoor Movie NIghts to Family Game Nights to Summer Staycation Bible School and more, we like to offer time and space for families to engage with each other through fellowship and fun!
  • Friday Night Fun: Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders meet on the third Friday of the month from September-May for meals and engaging activities to get to know the church and each other.
  • Confirmation: We offer Confirmation for 7th-8th Graders every other year, to learn about the UCC and our congregation, and to grow in their faith. Our next Confirmation class will start Fall 2019. 

Contact our Minister of Children & Families, Emily Stokes for more information.

ADULT MINISTRIES

We have a thinking faith.


We offer periodic adult ministry opportunities, like seasonal book studies, documentary viewings, and guest speakers. All are welcome at our regular groups as well.

  • Sacred Studies & Fellowship: This group meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 AM for study of the Bible and other texts, personal sharing, and lots of laughter. 
  • Wydown Men's Club: WMC meets every Wednesday morning at 7:00 AM for breakfast, learning, and sharing. Each member takes a turn preparing breakfast. On the 4th Sunday of the month they serve breakfast at Epiphany UCC.
  • Women's Book Group: The book group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:15 PM to talk about a particular book. Participants share questions, thoughts, and opinions on the life and faith issues emerging from the book. For September, the group is reading There Your Heart Lies by Mary Gordon.