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!

In continuing fellowship with Bayview Music Festival, this Sunday, July 26th, 2015 we welcome Nyghel and Ji. Please read their bio’s below and come to our 10:30 a.m. Sunday Service to worship and enjoy the blessing of these gifted musicians.

Nyghel J. Byrd is a recent graduate of Berea College in Kentucky. He comes from a very musical family and has sung, played and taught in various capacities. In 2012 he debuted in the musical “Ragtime”, assuming the role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. while at Berea as well as with Bayview Music Festival. Nyghel has also been an accompanist, conductor and vocal coach. He will begin work on his M.M. this fall at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He hopes to share his knowledge and training in music with all who want to learn.

Ji Hea Hwang
Ji Hea Hwang was born in Korea, where she began studying piano at the age of 3. She moved to the United States when she was 11 and attended Juilliard Pre-College program for 6 years before entering college. She earned a BA in East Asian Studies from John Hopkins University and a M.M. in Collaborative Piano from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She currently works as staff pianist at Rutgers University and Mannes College.

This week’s special music is sponsored by Bill and Diane Picotte in special memory of John LaRue.

First-Congregational Church-Charlevoix's photo.
First-Congregational Church-Charlevoix's photo.
Sunday Services
Beginning on May 24, 2015
First Light Beach Service 8:30 a.m.
will be held at
Michigan Beach Pavilion
through September 13, 2015
 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

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.

Beginning on September 20th, 2015
9:00 a.m. First Light Service
Fellowship Hall
Informal Worship
with Interactive Discussion of the morning message


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