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We believe everyone can find their place at First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake (FCC). We believe that the church body is most dynamic when every individual is valued and given the opportunity to share their spiritual gifts and unique perspectives to build and lead the community of faith. While we celebrate one God and our calling to follow the way of Jesus Christ, we develop and express that relationship in differing ways.
At FCC, we want you to know that "Whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey... YOU are welcome here."
Open and Affirming to All:
The ever journeying people of First Congregational Church, UCC of Crystal Lake, Illinois, are proud to be a church with open minds, open hearts, and open doors. We invite all people to join us in our faith journey toward greater love, understanding and mutual respect.
We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation, welcoming into the full life and ministry of the church persons of every race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, physical ability, and economic status.
We commit to model a community of faith and spirit that offers openness and understanding to promote justice, healing and wholeness of life for all people.
We believe that the church body is most dynamic when every individual is valued and given the opportunity to share their spiritual gifts and unique perspectives to build our community of faith.
First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake is dedicated to creating an accessible place for people of all abilities to worship, fellowship, learn about and experience God and Christ. We strive to make our church accessible to all, while increasing the awareness of our congregation and community to those with special needs. Persons with special needs deserve our respect and dignity:
“Buddies” (trained adult volunteers) are confidentially provided for children who need assistance to participate in FCC programs. This has included children with hearing loss, Down’s syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, ADHD, cognitive impairment, sensory issues and temper control issues.
Accessible and gender-neutral bathrooms are available on each floor and a wheelchair accessible companion bathroom is located on the main floor. Directional signs for special needs bathrooms and parking are located on the church grounds and throughout the building.
A loop system (direct sound feed to hearing aids so equipped) has been installed in the sanctuary. Hearing assisted devices and large print bulletins are also available.
Outside Accessibility Team (OAT) volunteers are stationed at the chapel entrance before services to assist anyone needing a hand.
The chapel entrance door is equipped with automatic door openers.
Extra space has been made in the sanctuary seating to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. Railings are installed on the stairs leading up to the chancel and a ramp is provided in back of the chancel for wheelchair access. Extra wheelchairs are available by the chapel entrance.
Stephen Ministry Supported:
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. We all experience challenges in life -- times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. The loss of a loved one, a hospitalization, a divorce or separation, loneliness, unemployment, serious illness, depression, issues related to aging. Any one of these events can send us into a tail-spin. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care you need when faced with a crisis or difficulty. For more information or if you are in need of a Stephen Minister's support, please contact Pastor Arn (ext. 14; email@example.com)
FCC is a church in the United Church of Christ (UCC) celebrating over 175 years of ministry in Crystal Lake. The UCC is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).