Provo Community Church is located at 175 North University Avenue, Provo, Utah 84601
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The mission of the Provo Community United Church of Christ is to be a sanctuary for spiritual growth in Jesus Christ. Through worship, service and fellowship we strive to be an inclusive, evangelical congregation the affirms and accepts diversity.
The Provo Congregational Church was founded February 5, 1891. Eleven persons adopted a covenant and creed and elected officers. The first public services were held the following Sunday.
In December 1892 a corner lot at Third North and University Avenue was purchased for $1000.00. A frame building was erected and the first church was dedicated April 29, 1894. This building served the Congregationalists until 1923 when the Congregationalists, Methodists, and Baptists united to become the Provo Community Congregational Church.
Community is our middle name. The Community Church program as carried out in Utah means that the members of the mainline denominations all work in one designated church in the city. Thus there is one strong church witnessing for Christ rather than several small and ineffective ones. Thus we are serving American Baptists, Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ, Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians in Provo. Our neighboring community churches are Orem Community United Church of Christ, Springville Community Presbyterian Church and American Fork Community Presbyterian Church.
As a United Church of Christ congregation we embrace a theological heritage that affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God, the creeds of the ecumenical councils (Nicene Creed and The Apostles’ Creed), the confessions of the Reformation and newer statements of faith. The UCC has roots in the “covenantal” tradition—meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members. Christ alone is Head of the church. We seek a balance between freedom of conscience and accountability to the apostolic faith. The UCC therefore receives the historic creeds and confessions of our ancestors as testimonies, but not tests of the faith.
We are an Open and Affirming Church: We welcome all who seek spiritual growth into our reconciling community. This includes persons of every age, gender, race, national origin, faith background, marital status, family structure, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, economic and social status, and educational background. We invite all persons no matter who they are or where they are on life’s journey to participate in the life, leadership, employment, ministry and mission of this family of God’s people and to share in worship and sacraments and to enlist in the work of this local church as it serves this community and the world. By living out this covenant
- we are a safe space for open and honest conversation about human sexuality and gender identity,
- we welcome LGBT people into our worship services and the entire church life and leadership,
- we host an annual commemoration of World Aids Day on December 1st,
- we host an annual Valentine’s Day Service celebrating love of all shapes and forms,
- we participate as a group in the Utah Pride Festival
- and much more…
Historic bits and bytes:
The Rev. Charles McCoard write about “A Community Church in a Utah Town” (1922)
The Rev. Philip King writes about “Thirty Years in Mormondom” (1914)
A Teacher writes about “Procter Academy, Provo, Utah” (1909)
The Church Review reviews “the Congregational Church of Provo” (1895)