History

History

We are proud of our history!  Our church began in 1855, right here in Anoka!
We are proud of our history! Our church began in 1855, right here in Anoka!

First Congregational Society, of Anoka was founded on May 6, 1855. In 1961 the church joined with United Church of Christ (UCCwhich is a denomination rooted in the Reformation of 16th century Europe. It descends from the followers of John Calvin who, along with Martin Luther, was a central figure in the birth of the Protestant Church movement.  We are now known as the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ of Anoka.

Although our faith is more than 2000 years old, we are very involved in the questions of today’s world.  Our congregation members come from all walks of life and experience, yet all enjoy exploring the deep questions of faith.

What those who return to worship with us often say about us is that they feel welcome for who they are, and comfortable asking questions to which there are no “neat, single answers.” As a congregation, we are also committed to manifesting the love of God to our neighbors and community in practical ways.

We have a long and rich history with our community.  In 1910 we started a “May Day” breakfast.  We have continued that tradition for more than 100 years.  More than 20 years ago we started a Parish Nurse program (Faith Community Nurse) to look after the health of our community.  In 2000 we started a street ministry to help the people of our community with food and gasoline needs.