FAQ

Q: What is worship like at First Church?
A: Our worship is traditional yet contemporary. It’s grounded in the ancient biblical story but tuned in to the issues and struggles of today. We pray together, aloud and silently. We listen and reflect on scriptures and sermons. We make music together in diverse styles. We receive the gift of our wonderful choir. We welcome people of all ages to be part of the worshiping community. Though we are serious about sharing in meaningful worship, we try not to take ourselves too seriously.

Q: What should I wear?
A: Please wear what makes you comfortable! You will find many different styles at First Church – from dressy to extremely casual.

Q: What if I’m late?
A: Please come anyway! An usher will help seat you.

Q: What if I don’t understand a part of the service and don’t know
what to do?
A: It’s okay! People come to First Church from all different backgrounds. Maybe you grew up in a different tradition; maybe you grew up with no tradition at all. It always takes time to get used to a new church setting. If you have any questions about what happens in worship, please feel free to get in touch with the clergy.

Q: Can I bring my kids?
A: Yes! We believe that our community is most vibrant when it embraces people of all ages. We encourage kids to be in worship. We seek to include young people in the service (as participants and leaders) in various ways. For families with infants and toddlers, you are welcome to use our childcare when needed. We offer educational classes for people of all ages. We also sponsor a weekly playgroup for church and neighborhood families.

Q: Do you celebrate Communion?
A: We share in the meal of Communion in worship on the first Sunday of
every month.

Q: Who is allowed to receive Communion?
A: We have an open Communion table. This means that all people are welcome to receive the bread and cup. You need not be baptized or a member of this or any other church. You don’t even need to be certain what you believe! You are also welcome to simply observe if you’d rather not take communion.

Q: Will you baptize my baby (or me) in your church?
A: In our tradition, we typically understand baptism as a community experience. When we baptize someone, there is usually a connection between this individual or family and the congregation. If you are not worshiper at First Church but are interested in baptism, please contact the clergy.

Q:  Do you have a parking lot?
Sadly, we do not! First Churchers park on the street in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. Please pay attention to Minneapolis parking restrictions during the winter months. During the snowy season, we offer valet parking for those with mobility challenges. Just pull up right to the Eighth Avenue entrance!

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