First Congregational ChurchOf Bellingham

An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ – 10 am Sunday Service



Lead Pastor, Rev. Sharon Benton


Welcome to the First Congregational Church of Bellingham.

Each Sunday we begin service with the words, No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. We mean it: Whether you’re a believer, a doubter, a questioner or a questioning believer, you are welcome here.

Our church was founded in 1883 as a mission on the shores of Bellingham Bay. Much like the intrepid spirit of our first pastor, a missionary to South Africa before coming to the Pacific Northwest, our faith is one that explores new dimensions, discovering God in new, unexpected ways, always looking forward. Together, we ask the eternal questions of how best to live our lives. We invite you to join us.

First Congregational is a part of the United Church of Christ, a pioneer of progressive Christianity. We were the first mainstream Protestant denomination to ordain an African-American (1792) a woman (1853), and an openly gay person (1972).

We understand that all people are worthy, and that’s how God wants it. That’s our history and our present. We believe in the power of peace and possibility, trusting that God’s best days are still ahead. That’s our future.

What will you find here? Vibrant Sunday worship at 10 am. Sunday school for kids. Healing services. Labyrinth walks. Singing. Drumming. Prayer shawl knitting circles. Biking groups. Bible study. We believe you can find God while building houses, praying or feeding those in need. In everything, we look for love and how God is still speaking to us.

Thank you for visiting our website. May these pages offer you a picture of a community grounded in God’s love, Jesus’ example, and the adventure of faith.

No matter who you are, you are welcome here.

Sharon Benton, Lead Pastor