You Are Welcome Here!
Years ago, this church was formed by German speaking immigrants who chose “Friedens Evangelical Church” as the name to represent them. “Friedens” means “Peace”- exactly what they wanted to communicate through the congregation.
As time passed, the community changed and the congregation changed with it. The Evangelical Church merged with the German Reformed Church in the 1930’s and became the Evangelical and Reformed Church. In the 1950’s another merger took place with the Congregational and Christian Church, establishing the United Church of Christ. Throughout the years, worship changed from the German language to English. The congregation moved to the current physical building on Maple Street in the 1960’s.
We are a Protestant congregation that values the Bible. We believe that as we read the Bible, we need to recognize its complexity, inviting the Holy Spirit to offer guidance. We feel God is still speaking and recognize that there may be more than one way to interpret His truth.
We strive to be ecumenical and inclusive. We believe that Jesus welcomed all people and that the one who judges is not ourselves but our God. True to this belief, we welcome all to the table when we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
We are a traditional congregation who is trying to adapt to a changing world. Traditional hymns are comfortable; however, we welcome more contemporary music and a more relaxed worship service on an increasing frequency.
We invite you to join us as we walk with Jesus, worship God and serve His world. Everyone is welcome!
Grace and Peace,
Schleswig United Church of Christ