For more than 100 years, First Community Church has been a church that welcomes all.
In 1910, we began as Grandview Heights Congregational Church. In 1919, we became First Community Church and joined the “community” church movement that intentionally included people from all denominations. Today we are affiliated with the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). However, our congregation continues to represent many faith traditions.
As stated in our New Member Liturgy, First Community Church is an inclusive community of faith, called to embody God’s love through worship, study, giving and service. We celebrate diversity and believe that all people are included in God’s unconditional love and grace. We have remained true to our Belief Statement. We are a Journey church, not an Answer church; believe in Grace, rather than Judgment.
“The way forward at First Community is to gather people together weekly with an invitation to imitate the spirit of Jesus for our transformation and the transformation of the world. Nothing matters more than this.” Dr. Richard A. Wing, Senior Minister.
What to Expect
It is not uncommon for people who visit a church for the first time do so with some anxiety. As a Visitor you will not be asked to stand to be recognized during worship or wear a name tag. We understand that many visitors appreciate anonymity. Below is information that we hope will help you feel more comfortable.
The best way to get to know First Community Church is to introduce yourself when you visit. Don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with one of our ministers, staff, greeters, Welcome Center hosts or the people sitting near you. Sign the Welcome pad. If you provide your address we can welcome you personally with a letter. If you have questions or pastoral needs, please provide your phone number.
We hope you will visit us on a regular basis and invite you to participate in any of our events and activities, and hope you will take advantage of the many offerings provided throughout the week. We also invite you to consider becoming a Member should you find your spiritual needs are met through worship and programs.
Commonly Asked Questions
What times are your worship services?
How do I get there? Where do I park?
What happens during church?
Do you offer childcare or Sunday school?
What should I wear?
Should I bring a Bible?
How long do services last?
Is there a coffee hour or fellowship time after church?
Do you offer a Sunday morning small group experience for adults?
Is the church handicap accessible?
How can I get more information?
8:30 am – our most casual service in Grace Hall with music provided by vocalists and musicians.
9:45 am – a somewhat informal service in Grace Hall with music provided by members of our Chancel Choir.
8:30 am – an intimate communion service in Burkhart Chapel with organ and piano accompaniment.
11 am – our most traditional service in the Sanctuary with music provided by the Chancel Choir.
Our North Campus is located at 3777 Dublin Road just northwest of Fishinger Road and Dublin Road.
Our South Campus is located at 1320 Cambridge Boulevard at the corner of Cambridge and First Avenue in the Grandview Heights. This location is on the bus line. Parking is somewhat limited, so come early for special services. A word of caution: Grandview is heavily patrolled for speeding and u-turns.
Handicapped parking and courtesy spaces for those who have a need for closer parking are available at both Campuses.
As you enter the church you will be welcomed by one of our greeters, ushers or the Welcome Center host who can provide you with more information about the church.
Your worship bulletin will make it easy for you to follow along. The bulletin will have the words to anything spoken aloud by the congregation, including responsive readings and prayers. Hymnals are available in the pews (South Campus) or words to hymns will be printed in the bulletin or on the screen at the North Campus. Your bulletin will also indicate when the congregation stands.
Communion is offered each week at the 8:30 am Burkhart Chapel service and on certain Sundays during the year at all of our services. Our communion table is open to everyone. People of all faith backgrounds, baptized or not, confessed or not, sure or not – all are welcome at our table.
Each Sunday we welcome gifts in the offering plate, no matter the amount. We encourage our congregation to give with appreciation for the many gifts you have received. We are also very mission-oriented and frequently have opportunities to support one of our important missions.
First Community Church is well-known for their ministries and programs for infants, children and youth. All young people are welcome and valued at First Community. On the back of the worship bulletin is listed times and locations for Infants-12th graders as some Sundays this may vary.
Childcare for children birth to 5 is available at our 9:45 am service at the North Campus and 11 am service at the South Campus. Parents are welcome to stay with their young child if that will help with their comfort on your first visit. Parents may leave cell phone numbers with caregivers, setting their phones to vibrate.
We welcome young children in worship. However, if you feel you need to leave because of a restless child, at the North Campus you can hear the worship service in our hallways and at the South Campus you can view the service in our fellowship area through the south doors of our Sanctuary.
K-5 Sunday school is offered at the 9:45 and 11 am Sunday services at both campuses. Children begin in worship with their family and then are excused for their classrooms. Parents can walk with their children, but you will also see children eagerly leaving with their classmates where they will be greeted in the hallway by their Sunday school teachers.
Middle School Crossroads meet at the 9:45 and 11 am services, beginning in worship then excused for their meeting rooms.
High School Crossroads meet at 11:30 am at the North Campus during the school year. In the summer months, high school students are invited to worship with their family and friends.
Some people like to dress up for church, others dress more casually. Either way, we welcome you to come as you are.
You are welcome to bring your Bible if you wish. Anything read by the congregation will be printed in the worship bulletin. Our ministers at First Community Church typically reference the New Revised Standard Version and sometimes The Message, a modern paraphrase by Eugene Peterson.
The 8:30 am services at both campuses last about 45 minutes. The 9:45 and 11 am services last about an hour.
Except following the 8:30 am service at the South Campus, fellowship and coffee is offered and children can be seen scrambling to the donut table. We invite you to stick around for awhile and meet others. Stop by the Welcome Center to introduce yourself. There you will find information about various programs and upcoming events.
Adult Seminars, offered most Sunday mornings at both the North and South Campus, are open to all with no need to register in advance. Other opportunities for Bible studies and adult learning programs are available throughout the week.
Yes. At the North Campus, both of our main entrances are handicap accessible. At the South Campus there is a handicap accessible entrance off the parking lot via the alley door. Both campuses offer ample handicap parking. Please note that not all meeting spaces are handicap accessible at the South Campus.
Feel free to contact us anytime by email or at 614 488.0681 ext 228. We can even arrange to have someone meet you before or after worship and/or sit with you on your first visit if you’d like.
We look forward to meeting you!