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Getting to Know Us | How to Become a Member
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Sundays in summer, worship begins at
9:55 am in
the sanctuary at
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church,
23114 West Rd., Olmsted Falls
(These services continue through Sunday August 30.)
We’d love to have you join us. Find location map here.
Faith Formation education for children is held during worship after they are dismissed from the service.
Adult Education is offered after worship, mid-September - May. See our Adult Education Opportunities page under the Ministries menu item for more details.
First Time Visiting
Church on the Move…
We worship at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in the beautiful Friendship Hall. This is the next chapter in the evolution of First Church. God is still speaking and leading us into new ministries, new relationships and new places to worship! This is an intentional choice and we are happy to be partnering with our Christian brothers and sisters at St. Andrew’s. We invite you to visit us in our new space and experience worship.
St. Andrew's is located at 23114 West Rd. in Olmsted Falls right on the western border of Berea. Friendship Hall is fully accessible with adjacent restrooms and will provide us with a lovely and flexible space for our Sunday morning worship and fellowship! When you come to First Congregational UCC, you will be greeted by a friendly face – one of our many usher/greeters. Please feel free to let this greeter know you are a visitor and they will be happy to assist you in any way they can. Welcome!!
Here are some helpful tips for your visit with us:
Arriving: Our announcements that precede the worship service will begin on Sundays at 9:45 am at St. Andrew’s. This will allow us to begin our worship service by 9:50 am.
Parking: There is plentiful parking close to our worship space at St. Andrew’s. Please plan to park in the western half of the parking lot, closest to the Friendship Hall where we will worship. The entire row of parking along the sidewalk adjacent to the church is reserved for those with a handicap placard.
Entering: Plan to enter via the western doors from the parking lot. You will see our “First Church” sign to help you find your way. An usher/greeter will welcome you as you enter. You will proceed through the Amigos Room (straight ahead when entering). Bulletins, worship supplies, hymnals, Bibles and hearing-assist head phones will be available in the Amigos Room before heading into the Friendship Hall for worship.
Fellowship Time: Each week we will share our fellowship time with our brothers and sisters from St. Andrew’s (food served in the Amigos Room) immediately following our First Church worship.
Come Worship with Us
Worship at our church blends diverse elements of meditation, prayer, music, and scripture, and focuses on the glory of God. We like to make a joyful noise to the Lord! Our intergenerational worship service regularly includes youth participants--from ages 8 to 18--and adults of all ages. Each Sunday we have a "Time for Children and Youth." These moments are thought provoking and relate to life experiences. We emphasize the seasons of the church with sermon series. Our service music includes classical, traditional, contemporary, praise, and gospel.
We celebrate monthly communion and baptism/dedication as part of our services. Each Sunday we follow worship with a time of fellowship and refreshments.
"We celebrate God's presence among us. We nurture spiritual growth, intellectual stimulation, and prayerful experience of the Holy Spirit. We comfort the challenged and challenge the comfortable."
Getting to Know Us
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How to Become a Member
New member sessions for joining First Congregational UCC are offered periodically throughout the year and are announced in Sunday bulletins or monthly Crossway newsletters. After attending orientation sessions, new members are received by the church community during Sunday morning worship. If you have an interest in joining at another time throughout the year, you are encouraged to contact the pastor.
Click the links below for more information about what it means to be a United Church of Christ member.