Welcome from the Senior Minister

Welcome to First Church! We know that visiting a church for the first time can be scary but you’ve already taken a huge step – you’re here – so, welcome! We’d love for you to join us on a Sunday morning so we’ve put together some frequently asked questions that we hope will lessen your anxiety and make your initial visit here the first of many!

 

Dr. R. Scott Colglazier, Senior Minister


What to Expect?

We recognize that many people who visit a church for the first time do so with a bit of fear, but we hope that you feel warmly welcomed here. First Church is a spiritual home to people from all walks and stations of life, believers and questioners, people from a range of backgrounds and faith perspectives, who come together to worship God, become more like Jesus, and serve God’s creation.

We have highlighted some key information in this section, but the best way to get to know First Church is to talk with the people here. Don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with one of our pastors, deacons, greeters, or the people in your pew, and learn more about our life of worship, fellowship, and service together.

What time is Worship?

Worship starts at 11am but is preceded by an organ prelude beginning at 10:30am. Our worship is traditional in style but progressive in theology. You can listen to or read any of our sermons by clicking here.

Is there Parking?

This is always an issue in Los Angeles. You are welcome to park the lot across the street on Commonwealth Ave, which is free on Sunday mornings.  We are currently undertaking the construction of a brand new parking structure, which is meant to be completed by the end of 2017. 

How will I know where to go?

When you arrive for worship, you’ll find many people ready to welcome you. One of our staff or volunteers will be in the parking lot as you enter. This person can help answer questions, give directions or just provide a smiling face. If you arrive early and aren’t quite ready to enter our sanctuary, there is always fair trade coffee available in Mayflower Courtyard. Just ask a volunteer to show you the way!

What if I have children?

One of our hospitality volunteers will be glad to walk you to our First Kids First rooms and introduce you to our fantastic staff. Our nursery staff provides a safe, loving environment should you wish to leave your infant in their care. Toddlers and older children are welcome to sit with you for the opening hymn and prayers of worship followed by a brief blessing of our children. Children are then dismissed to have their own time of learning, singing, and fellowship. Click here to learn more about our children’s programs!

What if I want to learn more?

We’d love to have you join us for our next Discover First Church. This is a casual, no-pressure event with our senior minister to learn more about us and meet others who have been visiting. 

Our next sessions of DISCOVER FIRST CHURCH will be held after the service on December 3rd, 2017.  Stop by the Welcome Table for more details.