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WELCOME TO FIRST CHURCH!

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. 
First Congregational Church of Hopkinton, New Hampshire invites you to join us in

Growing Deeper in FAITH, Looking Up in HOPE, Reaching Out in LOVE

We are an Open and Affirming Congregation extending a friendly welcome to all. Come join us!

WORSHIP & SUNDAY SCHOOL

Our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Gordon Crouch, and our many members joyfully welcome you to First Church, Hopkinton NH.

Worship with us every Sunday at 10:00 am.

Church school programs and childcare are available during worship for children and youth (from infants through 8th-grade) during the school year.

Children and youth leave for Sunday School part-way through the service.

WELCOME MESSAGE

Welcome message from Rev. Gordon Crouch

RECENT SERMONS

Canticle - A Song of Creation

NEW TO FIRST CHURCH?

Welcome to the First Church! We are blessed by all who join us. Come and discover a place of freedom to be yourself.

MINISTER AND STAFF

Rev. Gordon Crouch has been pastor of First Church, Hopkinton, since 2000.  

Staff includes (left to right): Missy Dustin, Director of Chancel Choir;  Administrative Assistant; Director of Chancel Choir and Bell Choir; and Trish Walton, Coordinator of Children and Youth Ministry.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Feb
25
Tue
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Feb 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

St. Andrew’s Church

Once again, our friends at St. Andrew’s Church are inviting all of us at First Church to join them for their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Shrove Tuesday is the day immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. It was traditional in many societies to eat pancakes with the butter, eggs, and fat that would be given up during the Lenten season.

This is purely a fellowship gathering of eating and enjoying one another’s company, acknowledging together that the following day begins the holy season of Lent.

Please let Gordon Crouch know if you and your family members plan to attend so that we can let St. Andrew’s Church know how many to expect.

Feb
26
Wed
Ash Wednesday Service with St. Andrew’s Church
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm

First Congregational Church

This year, members from St. Andrew’s Church will join us for our Ash Wednesday service. It will be the same service that we have offered in previous years, which is a quiet and meditative worship service that helps us mark the beginning of the holy season of Lent. It includes the imposition of ashes, communion, hymns, and prayers. The message will be delivered by Rev. Reed Loy.

Ash Wednesday is a time to return to the deep part of ourselves and ask ourselves how we want to experience a Lenten journey that will lead us to more life. Please join us.

Feb
27
Thu
Thursday Morning Book Group – “Vanishing Grace”
Feb 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

The Thursday Morning Book Group, led by Rev. Crouch, meets every Thursday from 9:30-11:00 am in the Great Hall. We will begin our next book, Vanishing Grace: Bringing Good News to a Deeply Divided World by Philip Yancey, on February 13. All are invited to join us. Books will be available in the church office. Cost is $12.

Here is a brief description of the book: “In a time of division and discord, grace seems in vanishing supply. Why? And what can we do about it? With a compassionate heart, Yancey suggests practical ways in which we can live as salt and light within a society that is radically changing.”

Mar
3
Tue
Become A Member
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Are you interested in becoming a member of First Church? Then come to our new members’ class on Tuesday evening, March 3rd. The class will be held in Rev. Crouch’s office from 7 – 8:30pm.

This is an opportunity to sit down with the pastor and one of our deacons and find out more about our wonderful church and the United Church of Christ. It’s also an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Please call the church office if you plan on attending, so that we have an idea of how many people to expect. New members will be received during worship on Sunday, March 22nd.

Mar
5
Thu
Thursday Morning Book Group – “Vanishing Grace”
Mar 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

The Thursday Morning Book Group, led by Rev. Crouch, meets every Thursday from 9:30-11:00 am in the Great Hall. We will begin our next book, Vanishing Grace: Bringing Good News to a Deeply Divided World by Philip Yancey, on February 13. All are invited to join us. Books will be available in the church office. Cost is $12.

Here is a brief description of the book: “In a time of division and discord, grace seems in vanishing supply. Why? And what can we do about it? With a compassionate heart, Yancey suggests practical ways in which we can live as salt and light within a society that is radically changing.”

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