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Join us…
First Congregational United Church of Christ

In the heart of downtown DC is a community

of welcome and compassion;
asking questions and seeking answers together;
of nurturing hearts and minds of children, youth, and adults from all kinds of families;
getting involved, sleeves rolled up, in God’s good work of justice and compassion;
and of beauty, silence, music, art, laughter, hope, Spirit.

Check us out and find a place where you can find spiritual renewal or be a prophetic voice in the nation’s capital.

This church community is part of the United Church of Christ denomination –

a network of congregations across the nation who cherish diversity, foster the spiritual life
follow the way of Jesus, and who advocate for equality and justice for all –
especially those who are vulnerable.

So join us. We’ve been around for over 150 years, yet our building, our community, our commitment are fresh – inspired by a still-speaking and doing God.

We were the first integrated church in the city, were instrumental in the founding of Howard University, and have participated throughout the years in the struggles for racial and economic justice and LGBTQ, women’s, and civil rights.

And now, we want you to share in this continuing adventure, this incredibly holy future. Try us out on any Sunday at 10:30AM when our community gathers for worship.

We’ll love meeting you.

Building a just and loving community.


No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

Perhaps you have been visiting for awhile and want to make First Church your spiritual home. Maybe you have only come a time or two. Either way, you are welcome and we hope you will consider becoming a member of our family of faith. As visitors, friends, or members, we invite you to share a living promise to expand relationships and to explore new ways to be about God’s work in the world.

If you want to learn more about membership, please reach out to a pastor and let them know you are interested. We ask that you join us at an Inquirers’ Gathering (held roughly once a month) to learn more about First Church, ask any questions you may have, and share your hopes. If you decide to join, the church welcomes new members during Sunday worship a few times a year. If you are not sure, we welcome you to just come to worship, get involved, and ask questions. Download our First Church welcome packet, which includes a welcome letter and information about our church.


In grateful response to the call of Jesus Christ, we covenant with God and with each other to be a Church of Christ.  We bind ourselves, in God’s Redeeming Presence, to walk together in ways revealed to us by the Holy Spirit in sacrament and Word, study and prayer, fellowship and mission.

We look forward to seeing you!