We were the first church established in the Ada-Cascade area. A meeting of the Congregational Council of Churches of Kent County was called on September 24, 1849, for the purpose of organizing the Cascade Congregational Church. Cascade, at that time, was composed of the geographical area known to us as Cascade Township and Ada Township.

In April of 1850, a new place of worship closer to where a majority of the members lived was established in Ada on Bronson Street. The name was changed to The First Congregational Church of Ada.

On September 26, 1870 the congregation voted to build the original building that is the new Ada Township office today.

In 1962, The church voted to become a part of the United Church of Christ, following the 1957 merger of two historic mainline denominations: The Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches.

In 1988 we broke ground on our beautiful new church home. Our first service was on June 11, 1989. Today our 700 members seek to make this history a part of the Ada Community itself. We seek to use our facilities to bring inspiration and challenge to our people and service to the human needs of our community.

In 1996 we added a new education wing. This addition is another testimony to our faith and mission to our community.

Our Mission

United by the Holy Spirit and inspired by God’s grace, we love all, welcome all and seek justice for all.

Our Vision

A community of faith and love, open and welcoming to all, actively serving our neighbors.

U.C.C. Statement of Mission

As people of the United Church of Christ, affirming our Statement of Faith, we seek within the Church Universal to participate in God’s Mission and to follow the way of the crucified and risen Christ.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are called and commit ourselves…

To praise God, confess our sin, and joyfully accept God’s forgiveness;
To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our suffering world;
To embody God’s love for all people;
To hear and give voice to Creation’s cry for justice and peace;
To name and confront the powers of evil within and among us;
To repent our silence and complicity with the forces of chaos and death;
To preach and teach with the power of the Living Word;
To join oppressed and troubled people in the struggle for liberation;
To work for justice, healing, and wholeness of life;
To embrace the unity of Christ’s church;
To discern and celebrate the present and coming reign of God.

Adopted, UCC Conference on Mission, January 12, 1987

We believe the Church exists for the purpose of ministry. It takes its purpose from the life of Jesus Christ. Such a purpose we say can be defined as “Seeking to join God in serving at the altar of human need.”

We believe in a God who acts. Our Statement of Faith begins with a confession of belief and ends with a doxology. Between beginning and ending come seven sentences, each telling of an activity of God. In each of these sentences, the subject is the pronoun for God, while the verbs tell of something that God has done and is doing.

We believe, too, in a particular form of church government that is called, “Congregational.” We believe that the power of decision resides in the community of believers who compose a local church. It is subject to no other church body, yet it recognizes and sustains the obligation of mutual counsel and cooperation in the United Church of Christ itself.

We believe that active members are those persons who “attend regularly the services of this church, who are active in its work, who contribute regularly to its support and its benevolence, and who strive to exemplify its teachings” in daily life.

We realize together that no Statement of Faith is faith in and of itself. Nobody can assume that the faith of any church can be encompassed in its words. Yet, words are important, for a belief that is unsaid is incomplete, and a belief that is well said becomes a power for life and action. We seek the latter, “a power for life and action.”

We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:

You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image, and set before each one the ways of life and death.

You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.

You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues and races.

You call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.

You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you. Amen.

*This version of the Statement of Faith uses inclusive language and was approved by the Executive Council in 1981 for use in the United Church of Christ in connection with the 25th anniversary. Some congregations use the Statement of Faith that was approved by the General Synod in 1959.