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St. John UCC was founded and built at its current location by German immigrants in1887. Its roots stretch back into the Lutheran and Evangelical and Reformed traditions originating in the Reformation and carried forward by German and Swiss families who transitioned to the New World.

We also trace our roots to the Pilgrims and Puritans, who were among the first Europeans to come to North America in search of religious freedom.

We also trace our roots to the Pilgrims and Puritans, who were among the first Europeans to come to North America in search of religious freedom.

While our membership has waxed and waned over the generations, St. John’s outreach has been consistently both global and local. We live into our social justice values with commitment and care.

St. John UCC is committed to remaining in the community of its origins. We welcome you to the table! Then together, may we build the church to meet the community’s needs of today and tomorrow.

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What is the United Church
of Christ?

Welcome to the United Church of Christ—a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The UCC, a mainline Protestant denomination, was founded in 1957 as the union of four different Christian traditions: from the beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to agree to live together in communion.  The UCC is one of the most diverse Christian churches in the United States. Our motto—"that they may all be one"—is Jesus' prayer for the unity of the church.

The United Church of Christ is a union (1957) of two churches with deep roots in the history of our nation. The Congregational Christian Churches trace their beginnings back to the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth in 1620. The Evangelical and Reformed Church is the spiritual heir of the 16th century Reformation and embodies  the theology of John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, and Martin Luther.

Today the 1.4 million member denomination with nearly 6000 local congregations is in the forefront of the struggle for justice for all people.  It is working for further church union to honor Christ's desire "That They May All Be One."

The  United Church of Christ considers itself evangelical, catholic  and reformed: evangelical in its mandate to proclaim the  gospel to all the world, catholic in its universality and  openness to other faiths, and reformed in its desire to reshape  its structure and style to meet the needs and challenges of each generation.

St. John United Church of Christ

309 Fifth Street
Aurora, IL 60505


Worship Schedule

Sunday Mornings
10:00 A.M.


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