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 will help you with the basics of what you can expect. If you have any additional questions, please contact us.
9am Celebrate Worship
At 9am every Sunday morning we gather in a casual atmosphere – jeans, coffee, and tea – for a briefer and less formal worship service. The music for this service is performed by our praise band featuring vocals, jazz piano, bass guitar, and drums offering an eclectic blend of contemporary, world music, and some classic hymns. The Celebrate service is ideal for all ages, including families with children who can enjoy the first part of worship together before children have the option to leave for a fun activity in our Education Wing.
11am Festival Worship
Our later 11am worship service is more traditional featuring an hour-long Sunday liturgy, uplifting message, and hymns, that are usually led on our Casavant Frères organ. We are joined every Sunday (fall to spring) by our Chancel Choir and once per month by our Handbell Choir. This service welcomes attendees of all ages, features a message for our youngest, and an opportunity for children to leave for part of the service for a fun activity in our Education Wing.
Both services can be attended in person or online on our YouTube channel.
Childcare is available during services for children ages 6 months to 4 years. Learn More >>
We celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month during both worship services. Everyone is welcome to participate!
On the first and third Sundays of each month, following each service, a time of fellowship is enjoyed in Fellowship Hall. Refreshments are provided by our Sunday Bakers. This is an opportunity to get to know others, strengthen relationships, and engage in uplifting conversation. Coffee is also provided in the front foyer for everyone to enjoy before and during each service.
We know – visiting a new, unfamiliar place can be daunting. Our three parking lots are on South Union Street. For detailed information on where to park, click here.