Searching for a new church home is an exciting (and sometimes intimidating) process. When you walk through our big front doors we hope you will feel welcome and at home. You will be greeted by our friendly member ushers who will invite you to fill out a name tag, offer you a bulletin and show you a seat. You will notice that our Sanctuary is truly awe-inspiring, but we are a renewing congregation and there is plenty of room to grow. Our worship services are lively and inspiring, our music ranges from traditional to contemporary, and our sermons touch both heart and head. As you look around you’ll see a variety of people – young, old, families, singles, gay, straight, various races and cultures… you’re bound to see someone who reminds you of you!
Here are some of the basic things to know:
Where we are: 40 South Fullerton Ave in Montclair, just two blocks south of Bloomfield Avenue, next to the Montclair Public Library.
Where to park: There is ample parking around the building. For those who come early we have a lot behind the church off of Plymouth St. When that is full there is street parking, a municipal lot and a multi-level parking deck across the street.
When we begin: Sunday worship begins promptly at 10:30am and lasts 1 hour and 15 min, give or take.
Children: Children are always welcome in worship! Should you choose, we have childcare available from 10:15-11:45 for children ages 3 and younger. Just ask an usher to show you the room. For children 4 years and older we have children’s Sunday school each Sunday from September through June. During the summer we have a special “Sunday Church Camp” model to engage the children. Children stay in worship through the children’s sermon and then go up to our church school where they engage in worship, play and learning about the lesson of the day. Children are divided by age grou into separate groups for age appropriate activities.
What to wear: We are a “come as you are” congregation – no need to dress up! Just wear comfortable, appropriate clothes for worship.
How can I learn more? The members of our congregation are also the ministers of our congregation – anyone will be happy to answer your questions. Stay for coffee hour immediately after worship and you’ll get to know us better. Each season Rev. Ann Ralosky offers “prospective member” classes – a three session course designed to help you get to know First Congregational Church and the United Church of Christ.
If you have any other questions about who we are, don’t hesitate to ask! Call the church at 973-744-4856 or email Rev. Ann Ralosky at firstname.lastname@example.org