New Here? Welcome!

No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey,
you are always welcome at Plymouth Church!

We’re thrilled that you’ve come to visit Plymouth’s website to learn more. And we hope that you’ll visit us in person — if you haven’t already — and experience for yourself the loving, accepting, caring and socially engaged atmosphere that is Plymouth.

It’s true…lots of churches say those same things. But browse through our website and investigate the many ministries in which Plymouth people are involved. You’ll see why Plymouth is known throughout the city and the country for its opportunities for worship, education, outreach, and friendship. We are…

  • Energized by great programs for children and youth.
  • Renewed with wide-ranging education for adults.
  • Deepened by Scripture-based, passionate preaching.
  • Growing with award-winning choirs.
  • Serving others with compassion.
  • Supportive as a Just Peace, Open & Affirming and Stephen Ministry church
  • And involved in addressing the vital concerns of today.


Our history in Des Moines is long. Our predecessors first met as Plymouth Congregational Church in 1857, joining the national United Church of Christ in 1957, and we celebrated our 150th anniversary in 2007. During that time we have been known as Plymouth Congregational Church, Plymouth United Church of Christ and Plymouth Church for brevity…but our fundamental beliefs have remained the same. Love of God and Neighbor.

Welcome to Plymouth!

Whether this is your first time at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ…or your first time at a church…Welcome! You’ll find us on the corner of 42nd Street and Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines, IA. Park in the two-level garage…you can enter off 40th Street or 42nd Street. (You’ll probably want to arrive a little early, especially the first time.) A friendly deacon will open the door for you. Ask them to direct you to the Welcome Center. That’s where a friendly volunteer will answer any of your questions, give you a small token of our appreciation for attending, and help you find your way to worship.

Bringing children? Children are always welcome in worship at Plymouth, but if you feel you need a break, ask the volunteer about childcare or Church School opportunities.

Sit where you feel most comfortable, say hello to your neighbors, and enjoy a meaningful and soulful worship experience. Your printed worship bulletin will help guide you through the service. After worship, we hope you will join us for conversation and coffee.

Currently, Plymouth is not holding in-person worship services, but don’t let that stop you from checking us out and joining us in worship. Saturday night worship is available at 5:30 p.m. on our Facebook page, and Sunday worship is available at 9 a.m. on our YouTube channel. In fact, this is a great time to check out our programming because it’s all online and available to you whenever it’s most convenient for you to attend! Watch all of our social media outlets where we will let you know when we feel it’s safe for all of us to join together for in-person worship and church activities once again.

We hope you like what you see about Plymouth. If you’d like to learn more about us, please sign up for our weekly newsletter and monthly Contact magazine.

Plymouth Church is very active on its Facebook and YouTube pages. You’ll find up-to-date information there, along with live and recorded program offerings like evening prayer services, bible studies and more. (Don’t worry if you can’t catch them live…the recordings are there for you to watch later at your convenience.) And Sunday worship services can always be viewed on our YouTube channel. Be sure to “like” and “subscribe” to those pages to get the latest news on what’s happening at Plymouth and how you can be involved.

Discover Plymouth classes are offered three times a year. This is where you can meet some of our ministers, staff and lay leaders; learn more in-depth info about the church; and join us as a member, if you’d like. Sign up for the next session by clicking here.

If you would like to be contacted by a member of Plymouth to learn more, please click here and ask away!