What we believe

Vision & Mission

Welcome to the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Corning, NY, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ.  We welcome members, friends, family and guests.  We welcome believers solid in their faith and we welcome those who are questioning believers.  Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!


At First Congregational United Church of Christ Corning, we are committed to creating an environment in which everyone feels welcome and safe to worship, to inquire, to celebrate, to build relationships, and to belong - and by doing so, to grow in faith and discipleship. 


Our Mission Statement

“Our mission is to create and nurture a family to do God’s work, modeling the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”  (adopted April 28, 2002)


Our Vision for the Church

The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corning is a source of Christian leadership in the greater Corning Community.  Our vision is to demonstrate our faith in Christ in all relationships throughout our individual and corporate life, increase active Christian ministries in the community, and to achieve membership growth.  We share our blessings with the world, the community in which we live and work, and among our members.  The distinctive feature of the congregation is that we are a servant people and our members proclaim their choice to act on their faith.  We engage in ministry utilizing a multitude of forms, e.g. hands on, small group, in person, using printed materials, and evolving technologies.  We strive to create a worshiping community that praises and gives thanks to God; a worship service that fosters spiritual growth and wholeness, encourages public application of scripture, and invites reflection, prayer, and action in response to the critical and special needs of all participants.  We nurture relationships that are renewing, refreshing, energizing, and vibrant with people of every faith and people that are renewing, refreshing, energizing, and vibrant with people of every faith and people seeking faith, welcoming all people.  (adopted April 28, 2002)

God is Still Speaking

Curious about the comma?  Click on the picture to the right to learn more.


Still speaking. It's the shorter form of "God is still speaking," a campaign by the United Church of Christ to remind us that God still has a lot more to say.  Since 2004, Stillspeaking has worked with thousands of UCC churches and individuals across the country to make religion relevant again and to extend an extravagant welcome to all—because no matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here. Here at the United Church of Christ.


In 2004, it was concluded that there was a present and real need for the United Church of Christ to spread its message of extravagant welcome which continues to historically re-shape our understanding of the Christian faith and proclamation. The UCC responded to this call and challenge with a new identity and marketing campaign to let all others know that anyone could find a spiritual home in the United Church of Christ, be strengthened and nurtured in their faith and be blessed to reach out to others with their God-given gifts and talents.


Today, under one collective identity, we can enthusiastically lift up that the UCC is a welcoming, justice-minded Christian community. At a time when religion is too often portrayed as narrow-minded and exclusive, many are raising their VOICES for an alternate vision. 


Where God is all-loving and inclusive

- Where the Church of Jesus Christ welcomes and accepts everyone as they are

- Where your mind is nourished as much as your soul

- Where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary

- Where together we grow a just and peaceful world


Open and Affirming

The First Congregational United Church of Christ of Corning, NY, believes that we are all made in the image of God and that we are called to celebrate our God-given identities regardless of age, class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, marital status, race, ethnicity, or mental ability. 

As Jesus calls us to love each other as we are loved by God, we welcome, affirm, and support all people into our full life and ministry.  (Adopted April 28, 2013.  Open and Affirming church #10--)


No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!  


UCC Open and Affirming Coalition Website