Spiritual Life


Welcome to First Church!

We are cognizant that visiting a church for the first time can be exhilarating for some or frightening for others, yet here you are visiting our website, so you have already taken the first step in connecting with our community.  We may look like a church on the outside and even on the inside, but what you will experience inside is quite different - both contemporary and relevant.  Our music is alive with rhythm, our messages are relevant and progressive, and our spiritual community asks more questions than provides answers.  We encourage you to bring your full authentic self to our community.  

What to Expect 

We are serious when we say bring your full authentic self to our spiritual community.  We value authenticity and do not embrace “stuffy” religiosity.  Most people who join us on Sunday mornings and during the week for our Justice and Spiritual Development events, would share that they are “spiritual and not religious”. You will find all ages, all cultures, and all gender expressions in our sacred space and together we celebrate the diversity and wonder of life.  As Senior Pastor, I often quote the French Philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin who stated, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”  You can expect  a room full of human beings seeking a spiritual experience, celebrating together as free thinkers!  

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Sunday Worship Celebration

Sundays, 10:30 am - Sanctuary

Join us on Sunday mornings at First Church UCC Phoenix as we discover God and our relationship to each other by exploring our theologies and engaging our communities with a Justice-centered approach. Sunday worship celebrations are casual – come as you are and includes contemporary, traditional, spirituals, and choruses. You will hear drums, guitars, keyboards and soulful voices.

To listen to past sermons, please scroll to the bottom of this page and click the “Watch Our Sunday Sermon” button.

Wednesday night Spiritual Gathering

Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - Pilgrim Hall

Join us on Wednesday evenings at First Church UCC Phoenix for a contemplative gathering. During this service you will experience spiritual meditation and silent prayer. Wednesday evenings are casual and come as you are.

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Sundays, 9:30 - 10:00 am - Educational Wing

On Sunday mornings we share in the Scripture readings for the week, meditate and collectively find new meaning in the ancient writings of the Hebrew and Christian testaments.

Spiritual Development Classes

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.

Led by our staff of pastors, we explore a series of texts and literature in order to envision our connectivity to the world around us.

Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.

Led by our staff pastors and lay leaders, we help you explore and deepen your relationship with God. All are welcome and classes are free.

Spiritual Direction


Spiritual direction is the practice of examining your life and experiences for a deeper connection with God. First Church UCC is proud to have the Phoenix Center for Spiritual Direction located on our campus. Founded and run by an experienced spiritual director and teacher, Rev. Teresa Blythe, this center offers one-on-one sessions to help you explore and process your spiritual experiences and questions in life. From time to time we also offer group spiritual direction so you can connect with others who are on a spiritual path. Individual spiritual direction sessions with Rev. Blythe are by appointment (email teresa@teresablythe.net) and cost $60 per monthly session---with a sliding scale offered if you need it. Group spiritual direction sessions – offered periodically here at First Church -- are free and available to anyone who wishes to drop in. Check our calendar for dates and times. For more information about the nature and practice of spiritual direction, visit www.phoenixspiritualdirection.com


Prayer Requests

Life is difficult at times and we all need prayer. Your prayer concerns are important to us. Our prayer support is confidential and available 24 hours, 7 days a week.