"No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome!"
In 1914, a group of Swiss settlers formed a congregation in Belleville called the First Reformed Church. Fifty-six charter members adopted a constitution and elected the first church council. One wonders if those first faithful members would dream of the foundations they were setting for generations to come.
Today, the First Church, now a congregation of the United Church of Christ, continues to thrive in worship and service of its community and its world. We seek to live out Jesus’ commandment “to love God with all your heart, and to love your neighbor as yourself.”
The expressions of faith at First Church are many and varied. Ministry committees, fellowship groups, and individuals all combine to work as a family of faith. Fellowship groups include Youth, several Women’s Guilds, choirs of both vocal and bells. Other ministries include Care & Share visitors, Building and Grounds caretakers, and Stewardship.
First Church participates or supports the CROP Walk, The Giving Tree, Family Promise, Project Linus, the Senior Citizens Center, our local food pantry and each of the special offerings of the United Church of Christ. We open our facility to host Girl & Boy Scouts, 4-H, Kindergarten screening, and the annual UFO Days.
What we Believeand Practice...
—We seek to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed.Jesus through his life, death, and resurrection offers us a way to live.Through faith, we seek to follow Jesus.
—Responsible Freedom.Each person is responsible for their own understanding and commitment of faith.There are no dogmas or creeds one must affirm before becoming a member of First United Church of Christ.
—There is more light and truth to break forth from God’s holy word.The Holy Bible is inspired by God and a living witness of God.We also recognize that God still inspires and lives in our modern world. —In essentials unity, in non-essentials diversity, in all things charity.We recognize that mutual understanding,respect for each person’s faith, and seeking a shared faith are essentialto First United Church of Christ.
—Priesthood of All Believers.Each person of faith is called to love their neighbor.So we say, “Everyone is a minister of the church.”
—The Sacrament of Baptismis a sign of God’s love and forgiveness of sins. —The Sacrament of Holy Communion is a celebration of the Lord’s presence in our midst.