Places of Worship
Whether traveling or just looking for something new, finding the appropriate place of worship is an in-depth decision that can require several visits and many questions. Fort Collins, Colorado is home to many different religious denominations, each infused with a sense of independence. A list of religious communities and city attractions and services can be found at www.fortcollins.com. St. Joseph's Catholic Church is one of the oldest churches in the city. It has a large congregation and offers many masses throughout the week and during the weekend. St. Joseph's hosts CCD (Sunday school) classes beginning in September and ending in June. The church holds ministry meetings for men, women and families and also holds family events such a movies and picnics. For those interested in finding a synagogue, Har Shalom Center for Jewish Living offers a community of programs rooted in traditional teachings. The center also offers Friday night and Saturday morning services along with a Torah study at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays. Additionally, it features pre-school and kindergarten religious classes. Heruka Buddhist Center, although located in Fort Collins, is associated with other centers in Northern Colorado, Wyoming and Western Nebraska. It offers regular chanted meditations, although not the original language, which are sung in English in order for participants to better understand the prayers and aid in meditation. Heruka offers adult study courses and retreats on selected dates to help participants better understand the Buddhist faith. American Baptist Church is located just blocks from Colorado State University. It has regularly scheduled Sunday services which begin with Sunday school at 9:15 a.m., followed by Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. and fellowship time at 11:30 a.m. The church also provides child care for toddlers and babies during Sunday school and the Sunday service. The Islamic Center of Fort Collins is not only a mosque, it is an educational center that offers classes in living an Islamic life and outlining changes to the modern way of Islam. The website provides daily prayer times which are subject to change. This helps keep the community praying together. The center also has chapters at Colorado State University and outreach programs throughout the city. Fort Collins has a diverse religious culture. Each denomination has its own traditions offering spiritual fulfillment to its members.