About Our Worship
Worship is at the center of who we are as a church!
While all that we do can be done with an awareness of and sensitivity to God's presence and therefore be worshipful, we take at least one hour a week as a community to ground ourselves again in God, through music, prayer, the reading of Scripture, the proclaimed Word and most importantly, the Living Christ in our midst.
Our church is fully accessible. The wheelchair ramp is located to the left of the main entrance. On Sunday mornings, one of our greeters will run the elevator for you to bring you to the sanctuary.
Hearing Enhancing Aids
Hearing enhancing aids are available during worship. Please ask an usher for a device.
We also offer large print editions of our bulletins. Please ask an usher for a copy.
Children and Worship
At First Congregational Church, we acknowledge two important facts:
First, that we are "the people of God" when we gather in worship as a whole, inclusive congregation including children - whispers, squirming and all - because we value their presence and we long to share the reverence and celebration of worship with them.
Secondly, we acknowledge that children and adults need their own time, space, and age-appropriate activities to fully learn and grow in the Christian faith.
During worship, following the scripture reading, the children join the pastor, or a lay person, on the chancel steps to hear the “Children’s Moment.” Prior to the sermon, the children are dismissed to their own classes. At special times of the year we gather for intergenerational worship, celebrating as a whole church family.
Summer Sundays, 9:00 AM
June – Labor Day weekend at 9:00 AM
Children (in kindergarten and up) attend worship for the first 15 - 20 minutes, then are dismissed to their classes [see Children's Ministries]
Child care for children (2 and under) and the preschool begins at 10:00 AM
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month
Sermons usually follow the Narrative Lectionary.
Special Worship Services
Additional worship services are held at these special times during the Christian year.
Dates and times for these services are posted in the Sunday Bulletins and Gabriel's Trumpet (our church newsletter). Visit our News and Events page for more information.
The broken bread and poured wine represent — present anew — the crucified and risen Christ. The wheat gathered to bake one loaf and the grapes pressed to make one cup remind participants that they are one body in Christ, while the breaking and pouring announce the costliness of Christ's sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin.
Communion is generally held on the first Sunday of every month. Listen to Rev. Bonnie explain how we think of and serve Communion.
The facilities of First Congregational Church are available for weddings celebrating marriage as an act of Christian faith and worship and are available to any couple desiring Christian marriage; membership in the church is not a requirement.
You will be provided an opportunity to work with your pastor to contribute elements to the wedding worship service in accordance with your needs and in keeping with Christian practice and good taste. Since the ceremony is an act of worship, you are encouraged to prepare for the service with careful attention.
Your first appointment will be with our wedding coordinator, Karen McCue, to tour the church and facilities and discuss the procedures for weddings at First Congregational Church. She will discuss the church’s guidelines and suggestions for the wedding with you and will be present at both the rehearsal and the wedding itself.
All weddings in our church must be coordinated by the wedding coordinator. She will coordinate the rehearsal and the wedding with you and the pastor.
Your wedding date should be established well in advance of the event. Weddings will be scheduled so that they do not conflict with other church events.
Since scheduling your wedding date is the first important step, printing invitations or finalizing other plans should only be done after consulting the wedding coordinator.
Your next appointments will be with the pastor. It is your responsibility to contact the pastor to schedule your pre-marital consultations. These appointments should commence no later than six weeks before the wedding date.
Download this form for information on our wedding fees. For more information email Karen McCue, our Wedding Coordinator, or call her at 508.429.1382.
The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Through baptism a person is joined with the universal church, the body of Christ. In baptism, God works in us the power of forgiveness, the renewal of the spirit, and the knowledge of the call to be God's people always.
Infants, children, youth and adults can be baptized in the United Church of Christ. For infants and children, as well as for youth and adults who have never been baptized before, baptism marks their acceptance into the care of Christ's church, the sign and seal of God's grace and forgiveness, and the beginning of their Christian faith and life.
Please contact Bonnie for information about scheduling a baptism. Please download the baptism info sheet and send it to the church.
Funerals and Memorial Services
As a community we share each others joy and pain. When a loss occurs, Bonnie is available for support and counseling as well as to preside during a service of remembrance.
Arrangements are made in conjuction with a funeral home and services may be held either in our church sanctuary or at the funeral parlor.
You do not need to be a member of the congregation in order to receive services. Please contact Bonnie, for more information or if you have questions.