Who We Are
What We Believe...
‘Faith without works is dead’ (James 2:14)
We are committed to turning our faith in Christ and understanding of His teachings into action by showing love and tolerance towards all, working towards the betterment of our community, and helping the most needy and vulnerable among us. May God bless us and inspire us as we continue our journey.
Open and Affirming…
The First Congregational Church of Geneva is an Open and Affirming congregation. This means that we welcome all people regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender identification, or sexual orientation. We support marriage equality. Our congregation strives to provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment for all its members.
As with other congregations of the United Church of Christ, we believe Jesus Christ is the head of the church and that from Him:
We derive our understanding of God;
We participate in the same spirit and doctrines of faith;
We experience the same influence toward holiness and the duties of divine worship;
We understand the significance of baptism and the Lord's Supper;
We continue to grow a love of others in a quest for the betterment of the world.
A Statement of Faith from the United Church of Christ can be found here, but can be summarized as follows:
We believe in the triune God: Creator, Risen Christ and Holy Spirit.
We believe that each person is unique, valuable, and on a spiritual journey that only he or she can make, but that we can support and encourage.
We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of the whole human family and all of God’s created world.
We are mission focused…
We are a mission focused congregation. We have our fair share of fellowship within the congregation, but most of our focus is on service to others, whether it's our local community, the mid-west region, the country, or the world.
We are certified as a Global Mission church. Our mission work includes: providing financial and material support to local organizations like Open Door Clinic (Aurora and Elgin), Tri-City Family Services (Geneva), Pitch-In (Batavia), Cameron School (Chicago), Lazarus House (St. Charles), and Tri-City CROP Walk; cooking meals, knitting scarves, collecting books and clothes and toys and household items; providing meeting space; hosting educational interfaith discussions, and book and movie discussions on critical and timely issues; engaging in what's going on in our community and our world. Through leadership, contributions and participation in community events and organizations, our members provide support to anyone who needs it. Our service work in the community and world is continually evolving to address what is currently most urgent. We feel, as many do, that belief must be accompanied by service.
Geneva, IL 60134