First Congregational Church is located just south of downtown Elmhurst, 1 block east off York Road. Our address is 235 S. Kenilworth.
COME AS YOU ARE
At the Sunday worship service, you will find people dressed up, dressed casually, youth dressed in sports uniforms, etc.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
We have ample parking on Church Street directly across from the church. There is additional parking on Kenilworth Avenue. The entrances are all open for your convenience.
The sanctuary is located on the west side of the building. Inside, you will find printed material in the open foyer leading to the sanctuary.
A long coat rack and restrooms are located in the main hallway.
We are handicap accessible with some limitations. There are several handicap parking spaces in the parking lot. There is a sidewalk drop-off/pickup lane at the glass doors along the north side of the building.
Inside the door to your left there is a lift. An usher can assist you in operating the lift. There is one flight of stairs leading up to the sanctuary, church parlor, and Sunday School rooms. Please contact our church office if you have further questions about our accessibility.
THE WORSHIP SERVICE
Large and regular size print bulletins are available as you enter the sanctuary. We have a Guest Book if you would like to sign it. Please sit anywhere you would like. In each pew is a black “Friendship Pad” where you can record your name, address, and phone number if you would like. There are cards you can use to request specific prayers. Typically, there is conversation before the prelude music. The church bell is rung just before the service starts. And, if you are running late, please do not worry about entering the service at any time.
CHILDREN & YOUTH IN WORSHIP
Children and youth are most welcome! Children begin their morning in the sanctuary. After the Children’s Message in the service, your youngster can attend Sunday School. If you choose to have your children stay in worship, there are children’s bags with coloring sheets and other activities available in the foyer. Our “Youngest Among Us” Room opens at 9:45 a.m. for little ones from infancy to 2nd grade and is located down the main hallway from the sanctuary.
Our 3rd to 5th Grade Students meet in Room #100 on the main hallway, across from the nursery. Through stories, interactive art, and games, children learn from the sacred stories of the Bible. You will find additional information about our children and youth programs on our website.
FOLLOWING THE SERVICE
We encourage visitors to meet the minister and other members of the congregation for coffee, juice, and snacks following the service. We have this “fellowship time” in the church parlor located next to the sanctuary.