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Doors Wide Open — Renovating and Renewing Our Sanctuary

Our Story

First Congregational Church of San Jose was founded in 1875, in downtown San Jose, and moved to its current location at Hamilton and Leigh in 1955. The congregation first built the classroom wings and Fellowship Hall, and broke ground on the Sanctuary on October 17, 1965. The first services were held in the new sanctuary on December 4, 1966; and the building, with its ten-story-high spire, was dedicated on January 15, 1967.

At FCCSJ, our welcome is central to who we are as a faith community. In the last few years, with broad support from our congregation, we’ve embarked on a plan to extend and enhance our welcome through the redesign, renovation and renewal of our church’s Sanctuary. The new Sanctuary will preserve the current space while respecting the legacy of the original architect.

The planning of this project began in 2014 when a ministry team started working on the future of our worship space. In 2015 an architect was engaged, and from 2016 to 2019 the project was priced and redesigned a few times. In 2020 the current version was selected, designs finalized, and more detailed estimates received. The capital campaign began in 2021. The actual renovation began in June 2022 and completion is expected in November 2022.

Why Renovate our Sanctuary?

This investment in renewing our Sanctuary will enable us to:

  • Extend the broadest welcome possible to all who enter
  • Realize important improvements to safety while making the entire space easily accessible to people of any age and with any mobility challenges
  • Upgrade the lighting, sound, and flexibility of the space. This will offer our congregation and our community countless opportunities to use the space in new and different ways.

The renewed Sanctuary space will reflect our congregation’s theological leanings and have the flexibility to meet the challenges of future theological movements.

We’ll be able to fling our Doors Wide Open, with a welcoming, affirming spirit. In turn, all who come here will experience opportunities for greater spirituality, learning, growth, and service. Our new sanctuary will affirm our commitment to an inclusive, extravagant welcome for generations to come.