About the Fort Myers United Church of Christ

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

Fort Myers United Church of Christ is an inclusive fellowship dedicated to seeking and serving Christ in humility and love. We strive to be an accepting fellowship in Christ through weekly worship that enables our congregation to be attentive, caring, and supportive of the needs of members, visitors, and the community as a whole. FMUCC is active and visible in the community through hands-on service, giving of funds, and availability of facilities for community use. Our congregation is a safe haven from hypocrisy and condemnation, including everyone at Christ’s table.

Fort Myers UCC was formed in 1976 and has been worshiping in the current building since 1979. Though our sanctuary was considered “modern” at the time – no bell tower or cross on the roof and an octagonal-style sanctuary – our service and liturgy are still quite traditional. We have pews, hymnals, and a wonderful organ. Our thinking, however, is anything but traditional. We are a theologically progressive Christian community.

We are a congregation of around 200 members and friends, split about evenly between year-round and seasonal residents. Few of us are Florida natives, but we have made Southwest Florida our home. We are young and old, single and partnered, gay and straight, working and retired. So, no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

Who We Are

Jesus didn’t turn people away. Neither do we.

We believe in extravagant welcome. This is why we insist that God’s communion table is open, not closed, and God’s gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Our congregation extends hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love. We teach evangelism — offering bread to those searching for it — is God’s mission. We think that many times the questions are more important than the answer. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Why? Because God is still speaking,

We bring together different traditions, varying worship styles, contrasting theological outlooks, and the gifts of diversity found in Christianity. We celebrate the commonality of our faith in God made known to us through Jesus. As Christians, we are called to remember that what joins us with our sisters and brothers in faith is far greater than what divides us, and we recognize that the Church is at its best when it is living, dynamic, and changing. In our midst are believers, questioners, and doubters, young and old, gay and straight, partnered and single, many with children and all who are children of parents, those who know what they believe, and those who are still trying to figure it out.

Our life together is grounded in worship that draws from the best of our traditions and is open to the Spirit moving through us today. Together we engage in programs of education, service, spiritual practices, fellowship, and music — so that we might grow closer to God, be drawn into a deeper relationship with one another, and be more steadfastly connected to the world in which we live. We rely on God’s grace and guidance on our journey together.

What We Believe

Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.

We believe in God’s continuing testament. This is why we are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. We try to remain attentive to God’s creative movement in the world. We believe that religion and science are not mutually exclusive, so your head and your heart are both welcome. We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking.

  • We believe God not only created the world but continues to create it each and every day.
  • We believe we were created in God’s own image:  beautiful and good.
  • We believe that God’s own child and humanity’s savior, Jesus Christ, is a hope, redeemer, and friend to each of us.
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit, the power of God at work in our daily lives day by day. It sustains us and is with us always.
  • We believe that we are called to be real, honest, and authentic.
  • We believe that we are called to love God with all we are and love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

Never place a period where God has placed a comma.

We believe the church’s mission is to change lives — individually, systemically, and globally. We work to make transformation possible but trust in God’s grace. This is why we insist that the Fort Myers United Church of Christ is a place of honesty and vitality in worship, learning, and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships.

The United Church of Christ

Fort Myers UCC is a congregation of the United Church of Christ. The UCC is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination of 5,000 churches and over one million members. We are people of God’s extravagant welcome who listen for the Still Speaking God and insist that “Jesus didn’t turn people away, and neither do we.”

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