We rejoice to be an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation of the United Church of Christ. This means that we are deliberate and intentional in be open to all and affirm everyone just as they are regardless of race, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, mental and physical ability, and age.
One way that we live into our ONA status is to offer Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for youth and children. January – May of 2018 we will be presenting Our Whole Lives for 7th & 8th graders. Beginning in February of 2018, we will offer a program for 4th & 5th graders. Plans are to offer a program for 10th – 12th grade in the fall of 2018. See more information about our OWL offerings here. Read more about Our Whole Lives from the publishers here.
First Congregational United Church of Christ – Great Falls – Open and Affirming Statement
We, the members of First Congregational United Church of Christ – Great Falls, declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming community. We open our hearts to all “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey” for we are all beloved children of God, made in God’s image.
We welcome persons of all ages, ethnicity, educational background, marital status, socioeconomic status, mental or physical ability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
We offer a safe place to worship and a spiritual home to all who cross our threshold. We affirm relationships based on love, dignity and respect and value the inclusion of all persons in the life and ministries of First Congregational United Church of Christ – Great Falls. Our church family nurtures love, support, forgiveness, renewal and trust with God at the center. Our community affirms and accepts individual uniqueness and recognizes God within each person.
Inspired by God’s love, modeled through Christ and led by the Holy Spirit, we are called to fully embrace and uphold this proclamation of welcome.
Photos below of the members participating in the Big Sky Parade.