At The First Congregational Church of Holliston, we are deeply committed to the Christian concept that we are all members of a “priesthood of believers.” For us, this means that God is equally accessible to all of the faithful, and that every Christian has the equal potential to minister for God. While our ordained pastor, Bonnie, is set aside for certain tasks, such as the administration of the sacraments, she is also a member of the congregation. We work side by side in ministry, proclaiming together the word and transformative love of God.
When you become a part of First Congregational Church, you will be encouraged to discover and develop your own unique gifts for ministry. Share your talents and creative ideas with us to help us constantly change for the better.
Help bring the true spirit of the season by providing Christmas gifts for needy local families. Sign-ups are usually held after worship in early November.
The Church's Wider Mission
Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) is the international umbrella for the broader UCC mission work. A portion of our Outreach giving is donated every year to OCWM for the church to use across the globe in concert with giving from many other congregations. This support includes disaster relief, economic development, humanitarian assistance, advocacy programs, and other forms of Christian Outreach. By combining our giving with that of other churches we are able to focus our resources and direct them to areas in such a way that we can be sure they are being used to their fullest.
The Clothes Closet resale shop was founded in 1966 as a mission of First Congregational Church. Gently used clothing and household items are donated by the members of the church and local residents.
The proceeds are used to help fund non-budgeted projects in the church and for a few outreach endeavors as well. Some recent projects include the purchase of computer equipment, carpeting hallways, purchase of banquet tables and the “make-overs” of the church library and two Sunday School classrooms. The current mission support is paying for shipping children's books to a school library in Appalachia.
The Clothes Closet is staffed by volunteers, including special needs young adults, under the guidance of the Director, Sheila Joslin. The shop is open only on Wednesdays (Sept. - June) from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Donations of clean clothing (no stains or tears please) and small household appliances and decorative/collectible items are much appreciated. Contact Sheila if you have any questions.
First Congregational Church has a very active Christian Outreach program. We support a wide variety of Outreach activities, both locally and internationally, with the time, treasure, and talents of our members. There are many different ways to participate in this work and to help do God’s work in serving the local community.
If you have specific ideas about Outreach opportunities for our church, please contact a member of the Christian Outreach Committee.
Caring Connections is an additional link to offer support and friendship for one another and to further extend our caring ministry.
As concerns are raised and shared on Sunday mornings and/or at any time for upcoming hospitalizations, illness, loss, or requests for assistance, we hope you will also notify the designated Caring Connection Contact person for the month to better enable us to follow up with calls and cards and especially with the minister to further support and be in touch with each other. If you prefer not to name your concern during church, please let one of us know of your concern or prayer request whether it is for yourself or for someone else.
Sunshine Friends will continue to provide additional support for meals, transportation and immediate short term needs upon request and as able.
If interested in volunteering with us, please email Linda Towle. You may also speak with Reverend Bonnie or any of those listed here at any time for additional information: Verna Hobson, Kim Young, or Joan Berg.
Costa Rica Mission Trip
2013 Intergenerational Mission Trip Update:
A small group of FCC missionaries are returning to Costa Rica to continue our work with Strong Missions.
The 2013 group includes Matt Varrell, Rusty Varrell and Haylee Reed.
They will be in Costa Rica from June 27th to July 5th representing First Congregational Church of Holliston.
If you would like to follow their trip and hear updates on the work they are doing, check out their blog at: https://plus.google.com/112408464537553601534/posts?hl=en.
Feel free to share the blog posts with anyone interested in international mission work.
Family Promise of Metrowest
We are a member of a community of Holliston congregations who have joined the Family Promise of Metrowest in service to local families with children who are temporarily without a home.
We rotate hosting on a weekly basis with 15 other Metrowest congregations, hosting at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 600 Central Street, Holliston, 4 times per year.
We provide our Guest Families with shelter, food, and compassionate support from
5:20 PM - 6:30 AM Mondays – Fridays
5:20 PM - 8:30 AM on Saturdays
5:20 PM - 7:30 AM on Sundays
For more information, contact Bev Ryan or visit: www.familypromisemetrowest.org
Donate Food and Clothing to Local Pantries
Clothing donations are collected in a box in the main hallway of the church, near the Parlor. The clothes are sold in the church’s resale shop, The Clothes Closet. The Holliston Food Pantry collects food donations at 23 Water Street.
The Outreach Committee actively supports local food pantries in Holliston, Medway, and Ashland through financial donations. In addition, we can help members collect and deliver food items to these pantries. Although the traditional image of a food shelter is an urban image, there is a constant and ever-growing need for the work of these food pantries in our suburban settings.
Habitat For Humanity
Our congregation has volunteered on several Habitat for Humanity (HFH) work sites in the local area. HFH builds homes for low-income families who would not normally have the means to afford a home of their own. We have supported local chapters of HFH through financial donations as well as through the time of our members. You don’t need to be a skilled carpenter to help – there is always room for one more person on these trips.
Salvation Army Dinners
First Congregational provides a meal for the Salvation Army in Framingham on the third Tuesday of each month. Enough food is prepard to feed 80 people. There is a sign-up sheet on the Christian Outreach bulletin board for volunteers to cook and others to serve. We prepare 6 casseroles, 3 salads, and 6 batches of brownies every month. Shopping is done the Friday before. The following Tuesday afternoon, the prepared food is picked up afternoon and drive over to Framingham. We then have 4 - 6 volunteers serve and clean up. Contact Kim if you are interested in helping.
UCC Outreach Special Offerings
Through the year, the international United Church of Christ and our local congregation conduct special offerings so as to raise money to support specific work or mission areas or in response to natural disasters. One Great Hour of Sharing is collected in the spring to support the United Church of Christ’s broader mission programs. Money from this offering is used across the globe for a wide array of Outreach activities. Veterans of the Cross is collected during the Christmas season and is used to support the needs of retired clergy and church employees.
First Congregational Church, Holliston
725 Washington Street, Holliston, MA
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