St James Chapel, Preschool Annex
420 W. 18th St ( MAP )

Service Times:

Sunday Mornings at 10:00am

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Christ Congregational Church United Church of Christ

Wherever you are on life’s journey, you’re always welcome here!

Church History

Christ Congregational began in the 1950’s when the minister of First Congregational Church on Pueblo’s south side envisioned a liberal protestant church to serve the Christian community on the north side of town.

Designed by Elizabeth Wright Ingram, granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, Christ Congregational UCC opened the doors to its new building in 1958. The church sits on land donated by John Bonforte, developer of the Belmont area of Pueblo.

From its inception, CCUCC served as a liberal and progressive representative in the Pueblo Christian community. It was the first congregation in Pueblo to hire a woman minister, the first in Pueblo to hire an openly gay Pastor, is an open and affirming church, has been , and remains, an active leader in social justice causes within the community.

Known, among other things, for its music, hospitality, and support of local charities through its monthly “Noisy Offering” program, CCUCC is a multi-generational church with a small but strong and growing congregation.
2014 was a year spent considering our future. We spent many hours in discussion, prayer, thought, and research. By a unanimous vote, we made the decision to be a Lay-Led congregation. We utilize a combination of visiting pastors leading worship, community speakers and congregation led “Read and Reflect” sessions.

Changes Come Our Way

2020 brought another change our way. Again, we spent many hours in discussion, prayer, thought, and research. We contacted Archway Communities, a faith-based non-profit that is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. One of their goals is: “Develop a full array of services for our resident families and individuals to ensure their well-being, health and development, and self-sufficiency.” One of the ways they do this is to buy properties, including church properties, and turn it into affordable housing for low-income families, individuals, and senior citizens.

Our building was built in 1958. It was not handicapped-accessible, and it would have cost us thousands of dollars to make those changes. A building more than 60 years old needed costly maintenance and repairs. We voted to sell the building and grounds to Archway Communities. We believe with our history supporting social justice causes, it was a perfect fit.
During the worst of the pandemic, we worshiped on Zoom. The beginning of 2022 led us to another challenge: finding a suitable place for worship.

May 2022 found us doing a first worship service in the beautiful St. James Chapel in the Office/Preschool building of Ascension Episcopal Church. Archway has a history of building a meeting room in their facilities for the church to use for worship. The next chapter in our history awaits us!