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

Live streaming inclusive church service in St Louis at First Congregational

If you are unable to worship with us in person or if you want to revisit Sunday's worship, we livestream our worship services. Beginning at 10:30 am each Sunday, you can watch live from your computer, tablet, or smart phone on our facebook page. The videos are saved on the page, so you can revisit worship services, and see what else we're up to!


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, especially living composers. Our fall Choral Vespers program on November 1, 2019, features music by Dan Forrest, Moses Hogan, Sungji Hong, and Sarah Quartel.

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Our Music Ministry Team includes:


  • a Chancel Choir of professional vocalists and volunteers, which sings for Sunday services September-May and special services.
  • a Youth Choir, which learns music to take into their daily lives and to share with the whole congregation in Sunday worship services.
  • Handbell Ringers, an all-volunteer ensemble of handbell enthusiasts, which rehearses weekly September-May and leads musical worship once a month.
  • Summer Music Teams of instrumentalists and vocalists, which lead our musical worship from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Instrumental Music from both adults and children.

FCC hosts the series, Early Music at First: 

 

  • Oct 13, 2019 at 3p: Concerto alla Rustica: A Feast of Italian Music for Baroque String Band. Armonia e Passione plays Vivaldi, Marini, Bertali and others.
  • November 10, 2019 at 3p: The Dawn of Romanticism: Haydn, Beethoven & Schubert on the Fortepiano, performed by Charles Metz.
  • December 8, 2019 at 3p: Sir Gawain & The Green Knight: A Holiday Legend with knights, giants, magic & music. Actors & Musicians bring a Medieval legend to life.
  • February 9, 2020 at 3p: The Violin in England: Music from 17th-century England by Locke, Purcell & Others, performed by Musicke’s Cordes.
  • March 15, 2020 at 3p: Hail, Sweet Love!: 17th-Century Song by Women Composers performed by Samantha Arten, soprano, and Emma Mildred Riggle, harpsichord.
  • April 19, 2020 at 3p: Un tas de ficelles: String Music of the French Court: Marais, Muffat, Morel & More, performed by Sarah Cranor, baroque violin, Victor Penniman, viola da gamba, and Jeffrey Noonan, theorbo.

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.

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.

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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.