First Congregational United Church of Christ

Join us at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday Worship Services at 1047 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, IL

or watch online.  

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey,
you are welcome here.

Imagine a church that takes the gospel as a guide for inclusion, not exclusion; one that engages everyone in the challenging questions of faith and seeks to build bridges in our community and the world. 

Our mission is to connect people with God and one another to serve, live, and love - guided by Christ. 

Our vision is a more just, compassionate world, united in God's love.  

In all things we seek to do our best, as individuals and as a church, to lead with God’s love.   Like everyone else, we are human and we don’t always get it right, but we always strive to do our best.  Come change the world with us!  

Our Values

As an open and affirming United Church of Christ, we seek to:

  • Lead with love
  • Nurture faith as a lifelong journey
  • Engage with Scripture
  • Embrace diversity and value all people
  • Hold sacred God's creation
  • Advocate for peace and justice
  • Serve our local, national and global communities
  • Share joy, hope, and kindness

We are Open and Affirming

  • An extravagant welcome and grace is extended to all.
  • All people are made in the image of God and are welcomed without regard to age, gender, race, national original, 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.

From our members

At this church, everyone is welcome as they are - in jeans, suits, and everything in between - truly a mix of formal and informal. The worship service is eclectic in liturgy and music. You may hear piano or pipe organ, acoustic or electric band, classical pieces or traditional hymns. Everything about this church says "whoever you are, you are welcome."  
Dave Humphreys

First Congregational UCC epitomizes what Jesus WOULD do. Helping those in need, sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, openly welcoming to all regardless of race, gender preference or station in life. 
Marty Schranz

There are so many opportunities to participate in promoting peace, caring for the environment, providing safe haven for those in need, building bridges of understanding, and most importantly, spreading the love of Christ.  
Karen Nachtigall

My family has attended here back to my Great Grandparents. I have always felt loved and cared about by all the minute I step through the doors...I walk out feeling renewed after a service and that all will be okay in my life.  
Stacey Poulter

I have some of the greatest memories growing up with God’s love..., the never ending support from my church family...I want this for my children as they begin their faith journeys, as I continue mine. 
Courtney McHugh

We found a wonderful, welcoming community where we could raise our boys, and grow ourselves as well by participating in some of the many ministries, committees, and outreach programs First Congregational offers. 
Gail Clark