We recognize that many people who visit a church for the first time do so with a bit of fear and trembling, but we hope that you feel warmly welcomed and comfortable at First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake. First Congregational Church is a spiritual home to people from all walks and stations of life, believers and questioners, people from a range of backgrounds and faith perspectives, who come together to worship God, become more like Jesus and serve God’s creation.
We have highlighted some key information in this section, but the best way to get to know First Congregational is to talk with the people here. Don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with one of our pastors, ushers, greeters or the people in your pew, and learn more about our life of worship, fellowship and service together.
What times are your worship services?
First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake offers two worship services each week at 9 am and 11 am.
- The 9am service features full multi-room, Godly Play Sunday School and the music of the Adult Vestry Choir
- The 11am service features a one room Sunday School and the music of the Youth Alleluia Sound Choir.
- During the summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day) we celebrate one Sunday service at 10 am.
Communion is offered at every service the first Sunday of each month and is open to all people.
How do I get there?
First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake is located at 461 Pierson Street. We are one block south of Route 14 (Northwest Highway) behind the Crystal Lake water tower.
What happens during church?
As you enter the church, a friendly usher will greet you and give you a bulletin to guide you through the service. All of our services feature reading, preaching, prayer and music. At times, you will be invited to stand, sing, pray, greet your neighbor, be in silence or read responsively. Communion is offered at every service the first Sunday of each month and all people (regardless of age or religious tradition) are invited to participate.
At all of our services we maintain the ancient Christian practice of receiving an offering to support the church’s ministries. We welcome your gifts and encourage everyone to live a life marked by generosity.
Do you offer childcare or Sunday School?
Children and families of all sorts are welcome and cherished at First Congregational Church.
Infants through 3 years old are welcome in our nursery at 8:15 am (9:30 am during the summer). Care is available uninterrupted through both services on Sunday morning.
Children 4 years old through 6th grade begin the service with their families in the sanctuary, and are invited to go to Sunday School after the Moment with Children (a time when the kids are invited to come forward and hear a short message from the pastor. Youa re invited to come up with them). A Sunday School leader will greet them and guide them to their individual classrooms. Parents are always welcome to accompany their children to their classes.
What should I wear?
Some people come dressed in their Sunday best. Others dress more casually. Either way, we believe that God cares more about the state of our hearts than the state of our attire and encourage you to dress the way that feels most appropriate to you.
How long do services last?
Services usually last 60 to 75 minutes.
Is there a coffee hour or fellowship time after church?
Between worship services, Fellowship Hall (outside the left doors in the sanctuary as you look at the front) is open for a time of fellowship and refreshment. Please visit our welcome center (in Fellowship Hall), and join us for a snacks, coffee or lemonade, and conversation!
Is the church handicap accessible?
First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake, strives to make our church accessible to all, while increasing the awareness of our congregation 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 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.