First Congregational Church, UCC
1548 Hopkinton Road, Hopkinton NH 603-746-4235
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. An Open and Affirming Church extending a friendly welcome to all
Worship is Sundays at 10am
Children leave for Sunday School part-way through service.
As a church of Jesus Christ that has been walking together in faith for over 250 years, we believe that every person is traveling a unique spiritual journey. We celebrate our diverse paths and perspectives, all the while working, worshiping, and growing together as one congregation, in mutual respect and love.
We are a church that appreciates its past, but believes “God is still speaking,” calling us to be faithful to our current context in fresh, bold, and creative ways. We are old in history, but young in spirit!
When describing First Church, many people point to four characteristics in particular:
- Inspiring worship with wonderful music
- Strong children and youth ministries
- An emphasis on mission and service
- A commitment to love one another
Come join our family of hope, peace, joy, and love
Excerpt from October 2014 Newsletter
From our Pastor
Fall is here. Some of us absolutely delight in the vibrant fall foliage. Others sadden at the thought of the leaves falling off the trees, readying for the death of winter. One parishioner recently shared that every fall he experiences a deep sense of melancholy. When asked if he knew why, he said, “No. It’s just something I anticipate feeling each year.”
Sometimes it is hard to understand our feelings. Yet, perhaps we do not need to make that the immediate goal. Instead, might we just sit down and open ourselves to our feelings? Might we just listen to our inner happiness, wisdom, and concerns? Let us not be so intent on having to solve all our problems, but rather to more fully experience them.
By allowing ourselves this grace, we make room for the Spirit. As a result, we may feel close at hand God’s Spirit of comfort and healing, God’s Spirit of love and affirmation, or maybe even God’s Spirit of counsel and correction. Whatever the case, by simply being still and listening, we make room to receive from God that which we most need in that moment.
Being in the moment is a great gift, and fall is a great season to receive it. Let us savor it by taking long walks, sitting on our favorite rock, and taking in all that is around us while also taking in all that is within us.
"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.”
- Prayer of St. Francis