At First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lake Worth, we begin our worship service with the words, “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
Those are not just words for us. It is an expression of one of our deepest values and how we strive to do life together as a faith community. We have been created by God in a multitude of colors, cultures, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Our great privilege and opportunity is to affirm one another and learn from one another.
We are part of the United Church of Christ, a denomination that has been on the forefront of advocating for the rights of all. In 1853, we, as the Congregational Church, ordained the first woman since New Testament times to Christian ministry. In 1972, we were the first historic Protestant denomination to ordain an openly gay minister, Rev. William R. Johnson. In 2005, we passed a resolution supporting same-gender marriage equality.
Our church in Lake Worth continues to affirm and celebrate the diversity of our community and our membership. Our worship is traditional, but casual. We sing many of the hymns you know and also introduce music that speaks to our current culture, circumstances, and spiritual journey. As pastor, I share messages that encourage and challenge us to grow in relationship to God, one another, and ourselves. We work together for a better world through feeding the hungry and advocating for the rights and dignity of all people and the earth.
If you are looking for a faith community where you will be accepted and affirmed for who you are, where you can explore and engage your spirituality, and where you can journey and work with others to make a difference in your community and in the world, we invite you to visit us. You will receive a warm welcome.
We worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings at 1415 North K St., in Lake Worth. You can also find us online at fcclw.org. We look forward to meeting you!