Our Ministries

First Congregational United Church of Christ is a church that serves our community. We offer several ministries that are open to the general public, and we invite you to join us for any of them.


Book Group

Our book group focuses on novels and memoirs that touch on social issues.

Our book for June is Be the Brave One by Ann Kansfield. Part memoir and part spiritual formation guide, Be the Brave One relays Kansfield’s stunning transformation from a successful Wall Street broker and “run-of-the-mill capitalist jerk” into a wife, mother, and pastor committed to feeding the poor at her church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Ann Kansfield is a pastor at Greenpoint Church in Brooklyn, New York. She is the first female and openly gay chaplain at the New York Fire Department, and she was voted the inaugural New York Times New Yorker of the Year. 

You can find Be the Brave One at AmazonIndiebound, and Bookshop.

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 6pm.


Circle of Grace: A Support Group for Everyone

Life is hard. Everyone struggles. We could all use a friendly face, some wise advice, and a helping hand.

Circle of grace is a group of people who gather to help each other through life’s difficult times. No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life’s journey, no matter what you’re going through, we are here to listen, to discuss, to comfort.

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 6pm.


Confirmation

Confirmation is the rite where young people affirm their baptisms and join our congregation as members. It is also a process that our eighth graders go through to prepare for that rite.

We redesigned our confirmation curriculum in 2021. During the year, confirmands take a class, participate in church life, explore their faith with their families, and more. While every year, and every young person, is different, we hope that this experience is enriching and will prepare each confirmand for a life-long commitment to Christ and the church.

For more information on confirmation, please contact the pastor.


Courageous Conversations

Each year, our Board of Mission chooses a topic to have a courageous conversation about. These conversations include presentations during worship, book studies, speakers, and other events.

This year’s Courageous Conversation is about Mental Health.


Sunday School

Sunday School for youth four years old through second grade meets in six-week blocks, one block during the fall and the other during the spring, during worship. We use curricula from Illustrated Ministry, which creates thoughtful and easy-to-use materials designed to foster authentic faith engagement with refreshing designs and creative activities.

Sunday School is on hiatus right now.

You can read more about this year’s curriculum, An Illustrated Compassion: Learning to Love Like God, here.

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