Visitors are always welcome at First Church. Many of our newest members say they chose this faith community because they immediately felt comfortable here. We love to hear that. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. all year.
If you’re getting ready to visit for the first time, here are some helpful details.
Worship is at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. During the summer, we add a second service, Worship in the Park, at 9:00 a.m. in Lunt Park just a block from the church building. During the school year Sunday School for children, youth, and adults is 9:15-10:15 a.m., and the nursery for infants and toddlers opens at 9:00 a.m. The congregation enjoys fellowship time in Great Hall following worship.
On a typical Sunday, you’ll see worshippers in everything from jeans to dresses and suits. Our worship is quite liturgical, but our congregation is fairly relaxed. All ages are welcome! Bringing the family? Click here to check out Worshipping with Children.
Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. You can reach the First Church office by phone at 847-864-6181.
Click Here for map. The First Church building is located in downtown Evanston.
Just inside the main entrance (516 Church Street) you’ll find a reception desk where someone can direct you to the sanctuary, nursery, Sunday School rooms, or other locations in the building.
Parking is free on Sundays at the self-park garage across the street at the corner of Church Street and Chicago Avenue, or you can park at any Northwestern University parking lot. Metered/ pay station spots are free until 1:00 p.m. on Sundays. We are also near public transit—the CTA Davis Street stop and the Davis St. Metra station.
The building is accessible via the 516 Church Street entrance where you will find a wheelchair ramp and a cut-out lane for dropping off and picking up. The church building has ADA-compliant restrooms and elevator. In addition, large print bulletins, hearing assistance devices, and a hearing loop assistive listening system are available during worship. Our office staff can help you with these tools.
All-gender restrooms are available in two locations: a single-user restroom down a few steps from the Great Hall and a multi-stall restroom on the third floor.