Our Story


At First Congregational United Church of Christ we believe that relationship with Jesus changes our lives; who we are, and how we see the world and one another. The Christian faith is not a just a religion or set of beliefs, but a way of  life with God, in Christ, that informs and affects every aspect of our lives. We believe that the power of Jesus' love is able to break down prejudices and barriers between peoples, liberate the oppressed, and transform lives in ways we can’t begin to imagine. It’s not just news, it is GOOD and life changing news!

 

Though we are a congregation of about 600 people, we value the “family” feel of this church. As God calls us to be difference makers in our world, we look to have a faith response that is real, that engages the world, and that includes all God’s children with no exceptions!

 

We believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives, as the Word made Flesh that came and lived as one of us, as the one who died on the cross for all the God’s children and was risen into eternal life as the sole head of the church. And while we hold those truths about Jesus and God, we are not heavily doctrinal. You will not find creed conditions placed upon members, nor exclusion based upon belief or background. We don’t believe that every Christian has to believe the same way or experience God in the same manner as another. Every Sunday morning we say, “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here." When we share those words we mean them. 



Who we are

Imagine a church that:


Believes- Jesus Christ can transform and change lives making the ordinary extraordinary in fullness and abundance of life with God.

 

Sees - Jesus' command to love one another is the core of our life together and that God’s love has the power to overcome the deepest hates and prejudices we may encounter in our world.

 

Seeks - to build bridges in community and in the world; to find common ground that brings diverse people together in the spirit of God's love.

 

Takes -the Bible seriously as our daily guide but not inerrantly or infallibly as a litmus test of who is or is not a legitimate Christian.

 

Engages - one another in the challenging questions of faith, meeting one another in our doubts and questions, and walking alongside one another on our spiritual journeys.

 

Desires- to be known as the church that puts the love of Christ into actions that help those in our community and in our world that all should feel loved by God AND by God’s people.

 

Strives -to be the kind of church where Jesus would have actually hung out.

 

If this is the kind of church you've been looking for, come check us out. You are welcome here!

What We Believe


  • We believe in the triune God: Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.
  • We believe that each person is unique and valuable made in the image of God.
  • We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.
  • We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God, engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction.
  • We believe that all of the baptized 'belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ'. No matter who – no matter what – no matter where we are on life's journey – notwithstanding race, gender, sexual orientation, class or creed – we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith.
  • We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ's table for the sacrament of Communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us of the costliness of Christ's sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are all called.
  • We believe the UCC is called to be a united and uniting church. "That they may all be one." (John 17:21) "In essentials–unity, in nonessentials–diversity, in all things–charity," these UCC mottos survive because they touch core values deep within us. The UCC claims no creed but Christ. Its overarching creed is love. UCC pastors and teachers are known for their commitment to excellence in theological preparation, interpretation of the scripture, and justice advocacy. Even so, love and unity in the midst of our diversity are our greatest assets.
  • We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others and to be good stewards of the earth's resources. 'To believe is to care; to care is to do.'
  • We believe that the UCC is called to be a prophetic church. As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor, and comfort the afflicted.
  • We believe in the power of peace and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.
  • We are a people of possibility. In the UCC, members, congregations, and structures have the breathing room to explore and to hear ... for after all, God is still speaking,

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Open and Affirming Statement

We, the members of the First Congregational UCC of Downers Grove, IL, believe that we are called to be the Church following in the footsteps of Jesus:

  • to touch this world with the amazing news that somebody cares,
  • to say Yes in the face of No and be light in the world’s darkness,
  • to celebrate every person as a child of God created in God’s image,
  • to right the injustices in the world and stand with those who are left out,
  • to reach out and heal the wounds of oppression, injustice, prejudice, and hate, and to love all as God has first loved us

Therefore, we declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming Congregation.


  • An extravagant welcome and grace is extended to all.
  • Everyone is affirmed and included without regard to age, gender, race, national origin, faith background, marital status, family structure, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental and physical ability, economic and social status, and educational background.
  • All persons participate and share in all aspects of the life, leadership, and ministry of the church.
  • Each person’s gifts are celebrated, welcomed, nurtured and blessed.