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.
Christian Basics Study Series
MARCH 4, 11 & 18
Lead by Rev. Bonnie and Ted Lansdale, this series explores what it means to be a Christian in the 21st Century. This class is designed for everyone, particularly those who have questions, those who have struggled answering their child's questions about religion and God. This is a forum for questions and open discussion. It is a no judgment zone. If you are not "Churchy" or a "Bible Thumper," this class is for you! If you do not know your Epistles from your elbow, this class is for you. Using the book, "Living the Questions" as a framework, Rev. Bonnie and Ted will explore topics such as:
WHERE: TBD, either at Ted or Bonnie's house
READING: We will be studying several chapters from "Living The Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity" by David Felton Jeff Procter-Murphy. Please purchase a copy before the first class. It's available on Kindle or in paperback from Amazon for about $11 Link: https://goo.gl/GR9Kpe
RSVP: Email Paula to let us know if you're in.
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: A Dialogue
Join us for an honest and open discussion of racism in our country, our community, our lives. This group is for those who seek to make a difference.
We will meet after Sunday morning worship, from 11:15 – 12:30, exploring the topic via TED talks, short articles and lots of conversation.
Schedule: Mar. 4, Apr. 8, May 6, June 10.
Please contact co-leaders Kitty Baker or Dawn Durning-Hammond for more information or to let us know you are coming.
Racism Dialogue Movie Nights
Our church’s racism dialogue group has scheduled two movie nights, and you are warmly invited to join us. We try to learn, listen and talk about difficult realities with compassion and humility – and we laugh sometimes too! Save the dates; locations to be announced soon.
Friday March 9th: Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. In this 90-minute documentary, first-time filmmaker Katrina Brown documents her discovery that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in US history. She and nine fellow descendants set off to retrace the Triangle Trade, uncovering the vast extent of Northern complicity in slavery.
Friday May 11th: Thirteenth. Director Ava DuVernay takes an unflinching and thoroughly researched look at the
American system of incarceration, and specifically at the devastating effect of differential law enforcement on
communities of color.
Monday Night Volleyball
Mondays from September 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men's Bible Study
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