Wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here
The United Church of Christ strives to be a place where every person is valued for the particular gifts and life story that is uniquely his or her own.
We are glad that you have found the website of the First Congregational Church in beautiful Holliston, Massachusetts.
We hope that your visit here will give you a taste of what we are about and that you will feel personally invited to come and worship with us on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM.
We are a congregation who actively seeks to incorporate the gospel message of love, compassion and hope into our daily lives. We are diverse in our thinking, yet bound by our desire to become more faithful disciples of Jesus and bring his message of inclusivity and joy to God’s creation. There are no creeds you must adhere to in order to feel at home here.
At FCC, we approach faith with an open heart and mind believing that God is, as the UCC motto proclaims, “still speaking,” in ways that make a very ancient faith vibrant and relevant for living in today’s world. We look forward to seeing you soon and greeting you in person!
Rev. Bonnie Steinroeder
New Member Orientation
Whether you have been attending worship and participating in church activities for a few months or for many years, you may feel that now is the time to be received into membership in the First Congregational Church of Holliston. If so, we invite you to attend our new member orientation in the parlor on Sunday, February 8th from 11:15am to 12:30pm. Please contact Bonnie, Beth, or Paula to sign up. We are happy to provide child care, just let us know you need it so we can plan accordingly.
FCC Welcomes New Associate Minister
In November, the Search Committee of the First Congregational Church presented Elizabeth Rogers (Beth) as a candidate for Associate Pastor, and she was unanimously accepted. Beth is a native of Oregon, having graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in both Sociology and Psychology from the University of Oregon, Eugene in 2003. She worked in child care and after school care at the YMCA, volunteering as a Sunday School teacher, and felt drawn to working with the whole person, including their spiritual needs. She turned to seminary for graduate school, entering the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA in 2008, focusing on alternative and intergenerational worship. In 2011 she graduated with a Masters of Divinity.
She has always wanted to go into a profession in which she could help people. Of church work, she writes, "I am drawn into ministry that serves the community through...worship, fellowship and service. I see church as one of the last societal organizations where we come together across age, gender or racial lines, outside of family or affiliation and join together to delve into the mysteries of our lives together, supporting each other through tough times and joyful times."
Outdoor ministry and children and youth are a significant part of her vocational journey. She worked in this capacity first as a camp counselor, then becoming a camp coordinator, and from 2009-2011, served as Director of Children, Youth and Families at Skyline United Church of Christ in Oakland, CA. For the last three years she worked as Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator as St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Beaverton, Oregon. There she established a large child care center as a ministry of the church, and worked with all other children and youth programs to support lay leaders and create structures for ongoing programs for high school students.
One church member from St. Andrew's wrote: "Beth took leadership in putting a (child care) curriculum and assessment system in place, hiring staff, equipping the classrooms and enrolling children. She built relationships between the congregation and the Learning Center, opened up a third classroom, built enrollment to capacity at 58 children, maintained a balanced budget, and mentored a Head Teacher to be the incoming director. Now, one year later, the center has a reputation for quality with the families, the congregation, and the community at large."
Beth moved to the area with her wife of 11 years, Samira, and their much loved dog, Sassy, and began her work with us in December. We greatly look forward to having her serve our growing community.
Rev. Bonnie's on TV
Bonnie was interviewed on Heartbeat of Holliston to talk about her upcoming Sabbatical. Watch it here. Her interview begins at 31:16: Heartbeat of Holliston Interview
FCC receives grant
The First Congregational Church of Holliston has received a grant of $25,000 to enable its minister, Bonnie
Steinroeder, to participate in the 2014 National Clergy Renewal Program funded by the Indianapolis-based
Lilly Endowment Inc. and administered by Christian Theological Seminary. For more information, download this pdf.
We are an Open and Affirming Church
If you are new to the area and looking for a spiritual home, come and visit us.
Our Visitors page tells you more about us and what our Worship is like. We look forward to meeting you!
We are at:
725 Washington Street
Holliston, MA 01746
Directions to the Church
Worship is at 10 AM
Church and Business Office Hours:
Paula is in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
Visit our page for updates on our activities.
Joys and Concerns
Please keep these friends in your prayers this week: