Welcome. I’m so glad you took the time to explore our website and learn more about the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor. I’ve had the honor of serving here as the senior minister for the past 22 years, and I can tell you it is a loving, welcoming, and kind-hearted community of people. At FCC we walk this journey as a faith family; we pray, we doubt, we celebrate, we mourn, and we work for justice together. We claim always to be seekers but not holders of the truth. We have been a welcoming and inclusive community of faith since 1847. Come join us on a Sunday and experience the worship and community for yourself. Remember, whatever your story, you’re welcome here.
-Rev. Bob Livingston
Where do I park?
There is a small church parking lot reserved for those with mobility issues and visitors directly behind the church. Street parking is free on Sundays. There is a U-M surface lot near the church, accessible off Thompson. There is also a parking structure on Maynard which is free on Sundays.
What will the service be like?
9 a.m. Change of Pace Service: Located in Pilgrim Hall, this service is very casual and gives off a coffeehouse vibe
9:30 a.m. Chapel Communion: Located in the Douglas Chapel, this is concise service offering the weekly sacrament of communion along with a hymn, scripture passage, brief meditation, and a prayer. It runs concurrently with the 9 a.m. Change of Pace service, but concludes before the 10 a.m. service begins.
10 a.m. Traditional Worship: Located in the Sanctuary, this service follows a more traditional order of worship, including unison readings, prayers, and hymns. Our weekly church school, newborn through high school, meets during the 10 a.m. service time.
11 a.m. Friendship Time: Located in Pilgrim Hall, this is a time for refreshments and friendship with members and guests after the 10 a.m. service.
*Both 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. services last approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour.
Is there a dress code?
There is no dress code. On a given Sunday you will see everything from suits to jeans in both worship services. Please join us in whatever is comfortable for you.
Where do my children go during a service?
Nursery care is available for children newborn-2 years with screened and consistent childcare workers. If you’d like to keep your infant or child with you in worship, you are more than welcome to do so. Please feel free to move about during the service as is needed. Church school begins with preschool (3-5 years) and continues through high school. Preschoolers may be dropped off before the service and checked into their class, or they are welcome to participate in children’s circle. Children’s Circle is a time when children are invited to come forward with the pastors for children’s message towards the beginning of the service. Afterward, the children are invited to church school. Following the service, parents pick their children up from the lower level Christian Education wing. Further questions? Contact Rachel Dudley.
Who is welcome?
Everyone is welcome… infant, child, and adult…people of any faith tradition or no faith tradition. Whatever your story, you’re welcome here!
Who is invited to take communion?
The communion table is open to anyone who seeks and responds to Christ’s love. That includes children, adults, baptized, unbaptized, members, and non-members.
Do you have a stance on LGBTQ inclusion?
We believe that all people are created in God’s image and welcome all people into the full ministry of our church, including all sacraments, leadership roles, and the ritual of marriage.