First Congregational Church(United Church of Christ) Neil H. Wilson, Pastor

101 State Street Charlevoix, MI 49720


Welcome to the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Charlevoix, Michigan!

Our church was founded in 1882 but our roots in Congregationalism reach all the way back 1620 and the Pilgrims’ quest for religious freedom. We are a member congregation of the United Church of Christ and like our denomination we reflect the same diversity in thinking and theology.

We open our doors to many other community organizations for meeting space. Our members serve our community through involvement in the Rainbow Shoppe, B.A.S.E.S. Teen Center, Northern Community Mediation, Charlevoix Area Hospital Foundation and Guild and many others.

Our worship style while traditional is open and inviting. Dress for all our services is casual. Members and guests, young and old, are invited to lead worship as lay leaders, guest pastors and special musicians. Holy Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of every month as well as on other special occasions. We strive to keep worship inspiring, fresh and spirited.

Music is particularly strong at our church. We have a Chancel Choir, Pilgrim Bell Ensemble, the Altarnotes, and Jongleurs (recorders). Throughout the year but especially during the summer months guest musicians from Bay View, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and others add a dimension that enhances our worship.

Our church building also serves as the venue for a variety of community musical organizations for practice and performance including the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Bay View Young Artists, and the Charlevoix Men’s Chorus. In 2006 we added a new Rogers Trillium organ with which our very talented organists add to the depth and richness of our worship experience.

We offer two worship formats each Sunday. Our First Light Service at 9:00 a.m. is informal and reflective in style. Worshipers gather in a circle in comfortable chairs to pray and reflect upon the day’s scripture and message. The 10:30 a.m. is our traditional service in the sanctuary.  From Memorial Day weekend through the second Sunday of September our early service moves to the Michigan Beach pavilion and we meet at 8:30 a.m. The Sanctuary Service remains at 10:30 a.m. through out the year.

Come, join us. We look forward to your presence with us as we celebrate the presence of God in our midst through word and music, prayer and praise!


  Sunday Services
9:00 a.m. First Light Service
Fellowship Hall
Informal Worship
with Interactive Discussion of the morning message
 Sanctuary Service
(Park Avenue entrance fully Accessible)

10:30 a.m.
Childcare provided 
Coffee Hour Following Worship
Holy Communion is offered first Sunday of the month
 Communion is open to all  

Coming Events and Activities

A Celtic Worship

This Sunday, May 1st, 2016, First Congregational United Church of Christ in Charlevoix will be offering a worship service featuring Celtic (Irish) music.  Church member David Bowen has gathered a wonderful ensemble of musicians who have played together on many occasions who will be leading the service with some traditional Celtic musical instruments.

Pam Luce is from Central Lake and is well known in traditional music circles for her lovely singing talent, including pieces sung in the Irish language. Pam also is the program director for the Back Porch Coffeehouse monthly concert series held in Charlevoix.

Linda Hammond, from Harbor Springs, plays the Irish flute and penny whistle among other instruments, and has played Irish music in many concerts in Northern Michigan.

 John Richey from Boyne City is a premier fiddle player, performing both Irish, Scottish, and old time American music, and playing many concert and dance venues across Northern Michigan and Wisconsin.

Bruce Gartner (mandolin and fiddle) and David Bowen (guitar, cittern, piano) have played together in concerts, ceili dances, and Irish music competitions from Alaska to Dublin, both having competed and won medals in the All-Ireland World Music Championships. Gartner is a resident of Mount Pleasant, and Bowen resides in Charlevoix.

First Congregational Church is located at 101 State Street in Charlevoix on the corner of State and Park Avenue.  Look for the “church with the purple doors.”  More information can be found at , or by emailing us at  and by calling the church office  (231) 547-9122

Bowen Celtic PR pic


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Bible Study meets Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  The First Tuesday of the month we meet at American House in their library.

Please join us for worship.
No matter who you are
or where you are on life’s journey, 
You are welcome here!