WHAT TO EXPECT
We recognize that many people who visit a church for the first time do so with a bit of fear but we hope that you feel warmly welcomed and comfortable at First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Hastings, NE. First Congregational Church is a spiritual home to people from all walks and stations of life, believers and questioners, people from a range of backgrounds and faith perspectives, who come together to open themselves up to God.
Below are some frequently asked questions to help you feel comfortable visiting on a Sunday morning. By far the best way to get to know First Congregational UCC is to stop by! Don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with our pastor, ushers, greeters or the people in your pew - we're a friendly bunch! We would love to tell you more about our life of worship, fellowship and service together.
What times are your worship services?
We offer a Sunday morning service at 10:30am every Sunday during the school year. From Memorial Day - Labor Day, service begins at 9:30 am.
Communion is offered the first Sunday of the month. We celebrate communion by intinction (come forward and dip the bread in the cup). At FCUCC, we practice open communion because we acknowledge that the Table of Grace belongs not to this or any congregation but to Jesus Christ, and it is Christ who extends the invitation. Anyone who desires to respond to Christ's invitation is welcome to partake of Communion at this Table. This welcome is extened to children, as well. Please note the Communion wafers are gluten free.
Do you offer Sunday School?
Sunday School for 4 years to 12th grade is offered and begins at 9:30am during the school year, and parents are welcome to be in class or linger in our coffee bar during that time. Sunday School runs parallel with the regular school schedule, September through May, and takes hiatus from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
What should I wear?
Some people come dressed in their Sunday best. Others dress more casually. We believe that God cares more about the state of heart than the state of your attire and encourage you to dress in what makes you most comfortable.
How long do services last?
Services usually last 1 hour, but fellowship (depending on the baked goods) could last an hour more!
Is there coffee fellowship time after church?
We usually meet in Grabill Hall following services and all are welcome to attend for refreshment and fellowship. It is a great to connect with people and establish new friendships.
Is the church accessible to for people with disabilities?
Yes, our church was built to be accessible for all abilities. We have wide door ways and no steps to access our building or sanctuary. There are restrooms with railings and wide, locking doors. A wheelchair is also available if needed.