Policies and documents
Weddings & Funerals
First Congregational Church is an Open & Affirming congregation. As such, we welcome both same and differently gendered couples. Weddings and funerals are both sacred life events, and we understand them as worship services. You can read our wedding and funeral guidelines by clicking the links below:
First Congregational Church has several spaces available to rent for various gatherings. You may read our Building Use Policy below, and contact us for more information.
Our Employee Handbook is also available for reference.
A Neighborhood Summer
A Neighborhood Summer is a curriculum for an entire summer of Sunday services developed by members of the FCC staff team: Emily Stokes, Hannah Rice, Rev. Dr. Bill Smutz (former FCC interim pastor), and Dr. Sarah Bereza (former FCC Minister of Music),. This curriculum came out of worship services we developed and experienced together at FCC during the summer of 2019.
A Neighborhood Summer focuses on the theme of neighborhood and being neighbors, and within that overarching theme, the services cover three areas: arts, ritual, and service. Each service offers creative ways to enourage participation, either through discussion or through activities like writing poems, making sandwiches, and evaluating your church building's potential for neighborliness.
We found A Neighborhood Summer to be meaningful in many ways beyond the content of the worship services: our increased vulnerability with one another, the freedom to break outside our usual worship template, our intergenerational experiences, collaboration and creativity as a staff team, and much more. Click the link below to download the curriculum, and we welcome you to use it however you see fit in your context.