Early Company Store Depot
History of First Christian UCC
Our church has the oldest Christian congregation
in Burlington, NC. In 1884, Burlington was called
Company Shops. It was so called because the railroad
needed a maintenance shop for its trains and tracks
near the county seat of Graham. The law stated that
the maintenance yard had to be a certain distance from the Courthouse. As the settlement grew, the railroad saw the need for a place of worship for the men and women who had come to live there. So they built Union Church, the only church the railroad ever built. All denominations used it. From 1884 to 1893 the early members of First Christian Church worshipped there.
On February 18, 1884, a group of 18 people came together and signed a statement of principles marking the formal organization of the church. They continued to meet at Union Church. Then in October 1890, they decided to build their own church. A year passed while they collected money to start construction. In September 1891 they started to build on a lot donated by B. A. Sellars. In December 1893, their church was dedicated. For the next 27 years the congregation worshipped in their building on the southeast corner of Church and Davis Streets. When the congregation outgrew their building, they began raising money for a new church. In 1920, the new church building was dedicated. With the ranks of steep steps leading up to massive columns and four main front doors coupled with the dome, our church reminds one of early Greek and Roman architecture. Our church is the only one in town with main entrances on what were originally the two main roads into and out of Burlington.
Besides the dome, we take a lot of pride in and pleasure from the six Italian crafted stained glass windows which depict favorite Bible stories. They are over 88 years old and valued at over 1 million dollars.
Our doors are open to everyone. If you find the steps daunting, we have an elevator accessible from the parking lot, through the breezeway.
United Church of Christ - Statement of Faith
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 jin Him in His passions 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.
First Christian United Church of Christ believes God is still speaking and we are committed to the light and vision God shares. We continue to look towards the future with enthusiasm and energy as we work to fulfill our purpose in God’s world. We are dedicated to exploring what it means to be a progressive church community. We continue to faithfully covenant with the United Church of Christ and to be faithful in missions, evangelism, worship, and prayer. But most importantly, First Christian UCC’s community of faith continues to stop, look, and listen for God’s voice.