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, 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 9 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!
Michigan Beach (Starting Memorial Day through Mid September)
(with interactive discussion of the morning message.)
(Park Avenue entrance fully Accessible)
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
Coffee Hour Following Worship
Holy Communion is offered first Sunday of the month.
Communion is open to all
PLEASE CHECK OUT WHAT WE HAVE HAPPENING HERE AT FIRST CONGREGATIONAL!
Personal Products Pantry – Monday’s 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. with the last customer in at 7:45 p.m.
A Hearty Welcome to Mary Kurtz and her friends who so generously sponsor and staff Charlevoix’s Personal Products Pantry right here at First Congregational Church!
Please watch the video (below) and learn more about this little gem within our community.
All you have to do is bring in a piece of your mail from the last 30 days, showing your Charlevoix School District address. That’s it! Please share with loved ones who may need a helping hand, especially at this time of year.
Monday, August 13th and Thursday, August 16th
Monday, September 10th and Thursday, Sept. 13th
Monday, October 8th and Thursday, October 11th
Monday, November 12th and Thursday, November 15th
Monday, December 10th and Thursday, December 13th.
Second Monday of each Month: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
and that Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.