Feasting on the WordFirst Congregational United Church of Christ believes that education is a life long spiritual practice. We are Living Our Faith Together  (L.O.F.T.)  Our children and youth are involved in programs using the Feasting on the Word curriculum published by John Knox Press. Adult Bible Workbench that meets at 9:15 am on most Sunday mornings for a lively discussion of biblical texts being explored that Sunday.  Along with our preachers, learners follow the revised common lectionary. More information about the scope and sequence of the curriculum is available at  http://www.feastingontheword.net/Pages/Item/1444/Curriculum.aspx

Child care providers are carefully screened and a Child Welfare Policy adopted in 2012 guides all adult volunteers. Parents are requested to fill in a form for each child, so that we have adequate information. L.O.F.T. Family Information Form.  Read our Safe Church Policy.

Read our Child Welfare Policy

Many of our explorations and activities are inter-generational, while other programs recognize and include special interests, provide age appropriate groupings and one time excursion opportunities.

 

Celebrating the Vision, Life, and Witness of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.MLKSunday, January 15.  Please join us as the Children and Youth of First Church lead a service that celebrates the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.  We continue to be inspired by Rev. Dr. King’s call for justice and vision for beloved community.  The children and youth will inspire us to bring forth how we live out Rev. Dr. King’s vision today, whether it is in our neighborhoods, our cities, our country or throughout the world.Read more...
Children’s Pageant, December 11christmas-pageantThis Sunday, the children and youth will be performing the annual Christmas pageant. This year's pageant is a story within a story - and how we need the story of God's love now more than ever.  It begins here today in the bedroom of a boy who is sick.  Soon, his grandfather comes in to share a story.  The Christmas story is shared as one of surprises, love, hope and amazing welcome. Please support our amazing youth and children,and adorable babies and toddlers in this year's annual performance of the Christmas pageant!Read more...
Confirmation Journey 2017confirmationParents’ Gathering, Sunday, November 13, 12 PM – 1 PM, Living Room.  In January, a remarkable group of junior and high school students will begin the confirmation journey.  To prepare for this journey, we are inviting parents for an important conversation about hopes and expectations.  In the past 12 months, it’s been wonderful to see this group grow in faith through Sunday school, community service, an urban ministry retreat, and taking leadership roles in worship.Read more...
Service Opportunity for Youth, October 22SeaburyOn October 22nd, youth will be participating in a day of service as they volunteer with Seabury Resources for the Aging in Place program.  Seabury provides critical support to help older Washingtonians live in their homes.  This program supports residents of Wards 4, 5, and 6 who are on a fixed income.  Not only will we be helping with chores around their home and their yard, but we will also be studying the impact of gentrification on a city and the challenges facing older Americans.Read more...
Blessing of the Animals, October 2blessing-of-the-animals Blessing of the Animals, October 2 at Garfield Park (2nd and F St SE) 2:00 PM.  God created the world out of love.  And that is true for the beloved animals in our lives.  They give us so much love, affection and happiness!  So please bring your furry family members.  And out of gratitude we will be raising some money for the Washington Animal Rescue League (www.warl.org).  After the blessing service, there will be bocce and fun on the playground and fields.  Contact Rev. Sam if you have any questions.Read more...
Helping Children to Sing Their FaithSing the StoriesHelping Children to Sing Their Faith.  Creating Opportunities for Intergenerational Song.  Sunday, September 18, 12 PM – 1 PM.  Please join this fun, informative, and engaging nurture as our own John Horman draws from his new book to teach us about meaningful ways to teach children music and incorporate their gifts and talents in worship!  (Bring your singing voices!)Read more...
Summer Sunday SchoolSummer Sunday School Summer Sunday School 2016:  Experiencing the World Through a Lens of Faith.  Does faith experience impact how we see the world?  Does it impact how we see ourselves?  How about the people in our schools, our neighborhood, or the strangers across the street?  Does it impact how we see our rivers? Or maybe where our food comes from?  In fun and hands-on classes, the youth and children this summer will begin to identify the different ways we see the world through the lens of faith.  Please join us!Read more...
Faith in Action!Faith in Action!! First Church Helps DC’s Elderly Stay in their Homes We raked! We mowed! We weeded! We hauled mulch! We worked hard and we had fun by serving God and loving our neighbor!  On a beautiful morning in May, First Church served Seabury Resources’ Age in Place Program.  This program helps older Washingtonians in Wards 4, 5, and 6 stay in their home by providing volunteer landscaping, gardening, and landscaping services.  Thank you Julia, Raine, Nan, Nancy, Mike, John, and Susan! We can’t wait to serve again! – Rev. SamRead more...
Service Opportunity with First Church YouthSeabury Saturday, May 14 (9 am – 12 pm).  On May 14, youth will be participating in a day of service as they volunteer with Seabury Resources for the Aging in Place program.  Seabury provides critical support to help older Washingtonians live in their home.  This program supports residents of Wards 4, 5, and 6 who are on a fixed income.   Not only will we be helping with chores around their home and their yard, but we will also be studying the impact of gentrification on a city and the challenges facing older Americans. Please contact Rev. Sam at mcferran.sam@gmail.com if you would like to participate.Read more...
Pancake Breakfast & Easter Egg HuntEaster BunnyBe sure to join us following Easter Worship for the Annual Easter Pancake breakfast.  First Church Easter Egg Hunt:  Hopping all the way to DC, the Easter Bunny will be dropping off lots of eggs for the First Church Easter Egg Hunt.  As the pancake breakfast winds down, the children will be invited to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt in the Sanctuary! Contact Sam if you have any questions at mcferran.sam@gmail.com.Read more...
Anacostia Community Museum Trip, February 28Anacostia MuseumFebruary 28 at 1:00 p.m.  Please join First Church as we visit this powerful exhibit of 12 years that have shaped our city.  We will be leaving the church at 1 p.m.  We will have a docent-led tour of the exhibit at 1:30 p.m.  There is parking at the museum.  The trip is open to all First Church members and friends.  Contact Sam McFerran or James Ross if you have any questions at mcferran.sam@gmail.com or jamesdrossII@gmail.com.Read more...
Let’s Build Community Through Legos, February 21Legos Let’s Build Community through Legos February 21, 2 PM at MLK Library Please join Rev. Sam and First Church families as we participate in Lego Club at the MLK Library right next door to the church. Bring a lunch to have after Sunday Service. Please contact Sam McFerran at mcferran.sam@gmail.com if you have any questions.Read more...
Theology Reading Group, April 25, 6:30 PMParables of Jesus The Parables of Jesus (Jesus Seminar), by Robert Funk, et al.  Jesus died in about 30 CE.  The first gospels were not written for several decades after that, and in the intervening years, Jesus’ teachings were preserved by oral tradition.  This short book focuses on the parables of Jesus, which tell us so much about his understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven.  The book sifts through the parables and reaches conclusions about which of the parables are most likely to have been taught by Jesus.Read more...
A Deeper Conversation About Hospice, April 9Hospice How Do We as a Community Support One Another in End of Life Decisions? 12 PM.  This is an important follow-up conversation to the nurture on Hospice in November.  The goal is to identify practical ways that we as a community of faith can support one another during the end of our lives. We will be reviewing advance directives and living wills and outlining the legal protocols regarding the power of attorney.  We will also be brainstorming ways that we, as a church community, can provide family-type support to church members as they approach the end of their life.Read more...
Theology Reading Group: February 28, 6:30 PMPowers that BeThe Powers That Be:  Theology for a New Millenium, by Walter Wink,  reclaims the divine realm as central to human existence by offering new ways of understanding our world in theological terms.  Walter Wink reformulates ancient concepts, such as God and the devil, heaven and hell, angels and demons, principalities and powers, in light of our modern experience.  He helps us see heaven and hell, sin and salvation, and the powers that shape our lives as tangible parts of our day-to-day experience, rather than as mysterious phantoms.Read more...
Tackling Islamophobia at HomeIslamophobiaTackling Islamophobia at Home, Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 PM.  MLK Library.  Incidents of discrimination and violence against Muslims are on the rise across the United States.  What is driving the rise in Islamophobia, and how can we all play a role in making our community safer?  Join us for a panel discussion with local Muslim leaders on Islamophobia in the District and the nation. Please visit the library’s Facebook event to RSVP.  The event will take place in the Great Hall of the MLK, Jr. Memorial Library next door to First Church.Read more...
Sanctuary Church MovementSanctuary Church February 26, 12:00 PM.  Please come learn more about the Sanctuary Movement – its history, First Church’s involvement, and what we can do now to be a safe haven and an advocate for immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters.  Please contact Sam McFerran, James Ross, Barbara Gerlach, or Susan Saudek for any questions.Read more...
Re-Imagining a Season of Meaning and Hopeadvent-candles Re-Imagining a Season of Meaning and Hope, Sunday, December 18, 12:00 PM. Please join us for this nurture on how Advent can be a season of spiritual growth.  During this time of waiting and longing, where has God’s light entered upon our lives to provide us with new purpose, meaning and hope?  Whether it is in our relationships, our community, our work, or our journey of faith, how has Advent become a time of spiritual transformation?  Maybe it is through re-examining our traditions, our history, or our gifts, that we will rediscover a new vitality in following God’s call in our journey of faith.  Read more...
Service of Lessons and Carols, December 18lesson-and-carolsService of Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 18 at 10:30 AM.   The first Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was held on Christmas Eve 1918.   Since then we have had over a century of revisions and adaptations − as the tradition continued and the contents have morphed into what we use today. Despite the years of change, the essential mega-story of Christ's birth and all the events that led to that moment of hope for the world remains the same.  All are invited on December 18 to enjoy this incredibly durable musical and spoken vehicle which continues to inspire and delight congregations around the world each year. Read more...
Young Adult Holiday Walkholiday-treeYoung Adult: Holiday Walk in the Neighborhood.  Thursday, December 1, meeting at First Church at 6 PM.  Please join us for a holiday stroll through the neighborhood!  We will enjoy good fellowship and adventures that may take us to President Obama’s final lighting of the Christmas Tree, the Holiday Market, the Sculpture Garden Ice Skating Rink, or other places of joy!  We hope you can make it.  Please contact Sam if you have any questions:  mcferran.sam@gmail.com.Read more...
A Light Appearsadvent-light Through Hopes and Fears, A Light Appears.  Sometimes the lights go out.  For the past few months in First Church’s sanctuary, when we least expected it in the middle of worship or a concert, suddenly the lights went out.  Byron Adams, our building manager, tells me the lights are now fixed.  But I know that still sometimes, they will go out.  In the sanctuary, our homes, but also in our lives and the world around, there is darkness.  Light just goes out.  Gather with us in the Advent darkness of this season.  Together, we long for the light.  And even now, dare to be light, Christ light. Read more...
Holding the LighthospiceA Sacred Conversation about Hospice and Compassionate Care, November 27th, 2016, 12 PM.  As we enter the Advent Season, we dwell upon the light of God in our lives and in the lives of family and friends.  As we contemplate the end of our lives or the lives of our loved ones, let us make informed decisions that promote dignity, are in accordance with our faith and values, and honors the people in our lives.  Please join us for an informative and sacred conversation about hospice care and how to bring your faith to end-of-life decisions.Read more...
Weekend of Multi-Cultural Music, October 28-30multi-cultural-music A Weekend of Multicultural Music.  It is our great pleasure  to welcome C. Michael Hawn to First Church, DC for a rousing and wonderful weekend of global music and worship.  Michael is a Professor of Music and Director of the Masters of Sacred Music Program at Perkins Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas.   He is one of the leading consultants in global music and worship in the US today, an expert in cross-cultural worship and enlivening congregational song.Read more...
Radical SolitudesolitudeSolitude is time allotted to give ourselves a break from the busyness of life.  It’s time for us to reconnect with God.  And to reconnect with who we are, and who we are being called to be.  In our modern lives, solitude can seem illusory, fleeting, or always the last thing on the endless list of things we need to get to.  But without solitude, we prevent ourselves from reconnecting with God and reflecting upon who God is calling us to be in our lives.  Solitude is also radical. It is a radical response to a society that is constantly demanding more of us – more time, more money, more energy.  So instead of listening to these loud and conflicted pressures from society, let us set aside time to listen to God, alone.Read more...