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 9 am service meets in the sanctuary with familiar gospel hymns highlighting the congregational singing, accompanied by organ and special music provided by our Adult Vestry Choir. Communion is offered to all people on the first Sunday of each month. Full multi-room, Godly Play Sunday School (PreK-3rd grade) and Connect (upper elementary/middle school) meet downstairs.
The 11am service meets in the chapel with special music provided by our youth Alleluia Sound Choir accompanied by piano. Communion is offered every week and is open to all people. A one room Sunday School using Godly Play meets downstairs.
Nursery care (3 years old and under) is available at both services.
Services usually last 60 minutes.
How do I get there?
First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake is located at 461 Pierson Street; Crystal Lake, IL 60014.
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.
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. Care is available uninterrupted through both services on Sunday morning.
Children infant through 6th grade can be signed in to Sunday School downstairs before each service.
All nursery care providers and Sunday school teachers have been through a background check.
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.
Is there a coffee hour 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 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.