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First Congregational UCC, Battle Creek, Michigan

First Congregational Church invites and welcomes you.

Picture7We welcome you if you are a new visitor or an old friend. You are welcome if you have no church home, grew up in the Church, want to follow Christ, do not believe or are a questioning believer.

People of all colors, cultures, abilities, gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome. Families of all compositions are welcome.

Because of who and what you love—yourself, nature, your spouse, art, your nieces/nephews/grandchildren, music, your partner, poetry, your friends, writing, your family, reading and/or your children—your love and passion are welcome.

We invite you to come, share the journey of faith.

Here are a few things you should know about us:

  • We seek to be an inviting church with an outward focus to connect with those around us with intention, authenticity and depth.
  • We value Sabbath rest as a fundamental priority in contrast to the busyness in the world around us. We want to intentionally make time and space for Sabbath.
  • We provide a “spiritual playground.” We honor the diversity of spiritual practices within our community and provide opportunities to experience God and/or faith in unique ways.
  • We honor, uphold and embrace the differences between us and seek to build relationships across barriers with those unlike ourselves. By doing so, we embody difference faithfully.


Each Sunday we worship traditionally at 10am.

The Koinonia community worships at 11:45am on Sundays.


Nursery Care and Children’s Ministry Available

Nursery care is provided for children birth to 4 throughout the entire service. See the Welcome Center to be directed to the child care area. There are children’s activity packs available for older children.

Our Children’s ministry, Joyful Path, is offered during the Koinonia service at 11:45am.

Joyful Path Children’s Curriculum Helps Children to:

  • Ask questions and be curious
  • Go within and find their own inner guidance and wisdom
  • Stay focused and calm when needed and to discover and harness divine energy
  • Be creative, share their gifts and continue learning about their passions
  • To take action toward their own successes and happiness
  • Find compassion for all beings, be inclusive and tolerant, to find the divine in All
  • Honor, protect, serve, and be in awe of Mother Nature
  • Know the history and mythology of our world religions and spiritual paths
  • Be heroes and heroines- to be brave, courageous, and to stand for peace and justice.

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