Are you new to First Congregational Church of Akron? Visiting a church for the first time can be daunting. First Church aims to extend God’s extravagant welcome to all who pass through our doors. We mean it when we say: “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
We hope this page and website help you with the basics of what you can expect. If you have any additional questions, please contact us.
9:30am Celebrate Worship
At 9:30 on Sunday mornings, we gather in the Upper Room for worship. It is a casual atmosphere – jeans, coffee and tea – where we worship for 45 minutes. An ideal service for families with children, we can share our Joys and Concerns, good music and life experiences and hear an uplifting message by our pastor.
11am Festival Worship
Our later worship time is in the Meetinghouse, where a sermon is delivered from our historic pulpit and we come together for a more traditional service. We are also joined by our fantastic Chancel Choir for hymns and music ministry. There is also a time during this service for children to hear a message crafted especially for them.
Nursery & Church School
Church School programming is provided most Sunday mornings during the 11am service for children Pre-K through Middle School. We also provide free childcare in the Nursery for infants through 3 years old. The Nursery opens at 9am. Our 9:30am worship service is particularly welcoming of younger members with an activity carpet and coloring kits so that families can worship together.
We celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month during both worship services. Everyone is welcome to participate!
Every week between services and following the 11am worship, coffee and tea are served in Fellowship Hall and a time of fellowship is enjoyed – often with great baked goods! This is an opportunity to get to know others, strengthen relationships and engage in uplifting conversation.
We know – visiting a new, unfamiliar place can be daunting. Our three parking lots are on S. Union Street. For detailed information on where to park, click here!