At First Congregational Church, we enjoy being together! Whether we are gathered for an informal potluck supper or watching members and friends showcase their talents at our annual variety show, we relish the chance to catch up and share a good laugh with one another. Creating social time together is important to us as we find that it both enhances our ability to get to know one another on a deeper level and strengthens our bond as a community.
Don’t worry if you are new. When you come to one of our events you will be welcomed as a friend and will soon see that fellowship is an ideal way to meet and get to know members of the congregation. Our offerings change year to year depending upon interest, but there are a few old standards, such as the Progressive Dinner that have stood the test of time. Visit our News/Events page for specific meeting times and details. Come join us. We look forward to getting to know you.
Monday Night Volleyball
Mondays from Sept. through June
If you are interested in a good workout and meeting new friends, Monday Night Volleyball is for YOU. This long standing tradition in the church used to be known as "Men's Volleyball," but we are open to all teens and adults - no experience necessary. We meet in Jordan Hall at 7 PM for friendly matches. Each player is asked for a $1 voluntary donation to offset "wear and tear" costs. If you have any questions or if you'd like to be added to our "friendly reminder" email list, please email Matt Varrell. Give it a try - you won't regret it.
Tuesday Morning Group
Tuesdays 10 - 12
September through June
Meets in the Ladies Parlor weekly
Fellowship and knitting or other hand crafts. Brown bag lunch to follow. Open to all women of the church.
On-Going Friday Book Study
We read current titles of interest to the group, with a focus on contemporary religious issues / subjects / authors. Newcomers are welcome to join at any time.
The group meets at Coffee Haven (76 Railroad Street), Friday mornings from 6:15 - 7:00 AM. For more information, contact Linda Towle.
We believe that spiritual growth, deepening our faith, and learning about scripture, history and tradition are a life-long part of our Christian discipleship. Adult Christian Education classes are not only a way to expand our knowledge and strengthen our faith, they are also a wonderful way to build community in small-group settings.
Here at First Congregational Church, we offer a variety of short-term groups and classes designed to fit into people’s busy schedules. Recent opportunities have included Still Speaking Circles, a Spiritual Journeys Group, an invitation into a life of prayer, and a book discussion course about the Historical Jesus, and programs about science and theology.
A variety of Bible Study classes and an adult “Confirmation” program, which introduces basic Christian beliefs to people who are new or returning to church life, are also popular courses which we have an ongoing commitment to offering.
Racism Study Group
After reading Waking Up White, and exploring together the ways racism affects each of our lives, the Lenten group participants have decided that we want to keep meeting. You are welcome to join us! Our next two gatherings will be after worship on May 7th and June 4th, from 11:30-1 PM. These meetings will focus on TED talks rather than books, so homework will be minimal. For more information, or to tell us you are coming, please contact Dawn Durning-Hammond or Kitty Baker.
Small Group Ministries
At First Congregational Church we have a new and exciting small group ministry program. Small groups consist of about 8 - 10 members and meet monthly at someone's home to consider topics ranging from knitting to racism on a deeper level. All groups are led by trained lay people and are open to new members.
Whether your goal is to get to know some folks from the congregation a little bit better, or delve more deeply into a topic that interests you, small groups are the perfect way to form lasting connections and enhance your spiritual life.
To find out more or sign up please contact Dawn Durning-Hammond or Rev. Bonnie. We hope to see you soon!
Meditation and Bible Study
Rev. Bonnie offers Tuesday Evening Meditation and Bible Study. The group gathers at 6:30 pm for a half hour of guided and silent meditation. Bible study begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30. Participants may choose to attend just the meditation, just the bible study or both. No sign up is necessary just stop by and join us.
We meet each Tuesday except for Holidays and the fourth Tuesday. Questions? Contact Rev. Bonnie at email@example.com.
Men's Bible Study on Mondays
The Men's Bible Study Group meets on the 4th Monday of each month. All men are welcome. Visit the News/Events page for updated meeting times.
Each session is "stand alone" so don't be afraid that you are coming into the middle of the study. If you have any questions, please contact Todd Barber or Eric Harting
Welcome Back Dinner Dance
6 - 10 PM
Our annual Welcome Back Kickoff Dinner is a great way to celebrate the new season and make or reconnect with friends.
Progressive Dinner Date
On a Saturday sometime during the year
People gather at the home of a church member for cocktails and appetizers, proceed in small groups to other homes for the “main course” and then re-group at another home for dessert and coffee. This is a popular event and one of the very best ways to become acquainted with other adults in the church family.
Early March or April
The annual Women's Retreat is held at a wonderful site which offers gourmet meals, linens and maid service, total exclusivity, a huge hot tub and sauna, ample meeting and sleeping space for our amazing and ever growing committed women's group. The cost for the retreat includes meals, snacks and all amenities for single, double and triple room setups.
First Congregational Church, Holliston
725 Washington Street, Holliston, MA
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