congregational commons

First Congregational Church purchased the neighboring bank property in late 2016, to turn the once vacant drive-through and cracked asphalt into a green space and community asset.

The bank building now features an elevated stage approximately 27×14 feet, facing a concrete patio and an open park-like courtyard. Benches and colorful trees surround a large lawn, and the featured labyrinth. A flower garden, colorful art projects, and memorials complete the space.

Labyrinth and peace pole
Easter egg hunt
Each summer, the church hosts several community events, such as music concerts, reading programs, and more.
Charlotte Community Jazz Ensemble
Weather-permitting, we also bring our Sunday morning worship service outside where people are free to spread out and enjoy this space.
Outdoor worship
Summer on the Commons

Featured bands over the last few summers include: The Michigan Mafia String Band, Fabulous Oldies but Goodies, Frendz Band, Charlotte Community Jazz Ensemble, and Two-Faced Wilson.

Michigan Mafia String Band
Frendz Band