Information for Newcomers!

First Congregational Church of Fresno, United Church of Christ, is an Open and Affirming congregation, with strong ecumenical and interfaith ties, through whom God Is Still Speaking today.
No matter who you are, or where you are in life’s journey, you are welcome here.

Sunday Gatherings

Our Sunday Worship Service takes place weekly at 10:00AM. Together we engage in music, prayer, scripture readings, and a weekly sermon given by our Senior Pastor, Rev. Raygan Baker, or another guest speaker. All are welcome to participate in as much of the service as they feel comfortable.

Communion Sunday happens on the first Sunday of each month. At The Big Red Church, we invite all who are interested to partake in Holy Communion. Don’t know how? Feel free to ask a Greeter or a neighbor in your pew. We are ready to welcome you!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our services are currently held online via our Digital Sanctuary.

When in-person services resume, they will be held in our Sanctuary at 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd. Fresno, CA, 93705

There is no dress code for our Sunday Worship. Whether you are in a t-shirt, a suit, a sundress, or sweatpants, you are welcome here!

Nursery (0-4 Years)

During our 10AM service, the youngest of our congregation are invited to join our Nursery. Your children will be supervised playing with toys and singing songs with friends. This free service will allow you to participate to the fullest in our worship service. All our Nursery Attendants have been thoroughly background checked and fingerprinted to ensure your child’s safety. Prior to worship, please swing by the Nursery with you little ones to get acquainted with the Nursery Attendant. If you would prefer to keep your children with you during the service, you are absolutely welcome to.

Children & Youth (5-18 Years)

Children and Youth of all ages are welcome at The Big Red Church. We love to welcome new arrivals and will do all we can to help them settle into our church family. Our prayer is that every child will make great Christian friends here and enjoy being part of a small group.

All children and youth start our 10AM service with the larger church community in the Sanctuary. Early on in the service, they are called to the front and enjoy a fun and engaging Time For Discovery with the Pastor, aimed specifically at them. After this Time For Discovery, they are invited to accompany their leaders for their own age-appropriate activities and teaching in our secured Sunday School Rooms.

All children and youth return to the greater church family for Fellowship Time after the service.

All those involved in Children’s work are required to comply with the church’s Safe Church Policy and must obtain a clear release from a comprehensive fingerprint and background check. If you have questions about our Sunday School Program, please ask a Greeter!

Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour is a time of fellowship! It is our opportunity to demonstrate our extravagant welcome and hospitality. Many interesting conversations happen, friendships are formed, and plans for activities are worked out. We are really into food, too, and we have lots of people in the congregation who enjoy cooking. It is simply a time to share some good food, good coffee, and good company. We love meeting new people, and coffee hour is the best time to get to know each other!

Frequently Asked Questions