The two sacraments of our tradition are baptism and communion.
The Sacrament of Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month during morning worship. The bread and the cup speak of the extra-ordinary in the ordinary; the sacrifice made on our behalf; the newness and community available to us through faith in Jesus Christ; reconciliation and forgiveness; God’s love; God’s call to lives of love and compassion; shalom. First Church practices “open” communion with all worshippers being welcome to partake of the sacrament.
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the last Sunday of every month. The water, words, and actions of the sacrament are the outward and visible signs of the Grace of God. The sacrament marks the reception of the baptized into the redeeming and renewing love of Jesus Christ and the family that is the church universal. In the United Church of Christ both children and adults are baptized.
Members and Non-members desiring to have children baptized are asked to call the church office to schedule an appointment to meet with one of the ministers. Adults desiring to be baptized also are asked to schedule an appointment with one of the ministers. Adult baptism is usually done in conjunction with the person’s joining the church. Because baptism involves the whole church community, baptisms at First Church are celebrated during Sunday morning worship. Baptisms are held the last Sunday of each month at the 10:00am worship service. Adults are also baptized on the Sundays when new members are received into the church.