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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

The Key to JOY

September 15, 2019
Acts 3:1-10
1 Corinthians 13:1-8

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.

FIRST CHURCH SEEKING ORGANIST

We are seeking a gifted and experienced organist with piano skills to accompany our music program. The ideal candidate will have a passion for the organ’s place in enhancing worship, familiarity with organ and sacred repertoire, and experience accompanying choirs, soloists, and instrumental ensembles.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sep
19
Thu
Thursday Morning Book Group “Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others”
Sep 19 @ 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. Our first meeting will be September 12, and our first book will be Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor. In this book, Taylor “contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students’ eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques.”

Books will be available in the church office. Cost is $15. Please read the Introduction and Chapter 1 for our first meeting. All are welcome!

Sep
21
Sat
All Church Fellowship at Home of Steve Bengtson & Jacqueline Freese
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Everyone is invited for a gathering on September 21st at the home of Steve Bengtson & Jacqueline Freese. We would love to have any and all stop in to visit and partake in some food, outdoor game fun and fellowship! Drop in for a few minutes, an hour or stay the whole time! Bring a treat or drink to share, or not. You may like an outdoor chair too. We only hope you can join in and be a part of this year’s FCCH “Home, Hospitality and Fellowship”.

The Bengtson Freese family live at 81 Fisk Rd. in Concord NH. They have a nice big yard to share with us. There will be lots of outdoor games for you to join including volleyball, badminton, croquet, corn hole and can jam, etc. Bring your favorite outdoor game. Perhaps you would prefer to be part of a cheering section.

Parking will be on the grassy area, just off the road. Please try to keep the end of the driveway clear near the basketball hoop. There is no need to RSVP. Come if you can for however long you’d like. Hope you can join us!! RAINDATE Sept. 22nd.

Sep
22
Sun
Sunday Sermon – “The PEACE That Passes All Understanding”
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am

“The PEACE That Passes All Understanding”
Philippians 4:4-9
Sacrament of Baptism

Sep
23
Mon
Adult Bible Study – Psalms: Prayers of the Heart
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We often want to read the Bible, but don’t know where to start. Informal studies with friends help us become acquainted with the Bible in a relaxed and interesting way. Psalms shows us how to relate to God as we pray our doubts, our fear, and our anger. Psalms also shows us how we can respond to God. In Psalms, we find a good place to explore who we are and what God means to us.

This study is open to all adults, and will be held on Monday nights from 7:00 – 8:30 PM beginning September 16. Led by Kathi Dustin, Jim Howard, and Kristin Desmarais, we will study two psalms each week for 6 weeks. You can check out the book and talk with the leaders at Rally Sunday or on Sunday, Sept. 15. The book costs $7.00.

Sep
26
Thu
Thursday Morning Book Group “Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others”
Sep 26 @ 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. Our first meeting will be September 12, and our first book will be Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor. In this book, Taylor “contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent, both by digging deeper into those traditions herself and by seeing them through her students’ eyes as she sets off with them on field trips to monasteries, temples, and mosques.”

Books will be available in the church office. Cost is $15. Please read the Introduction and Chapter 1 for our first meeting. All are welcome!

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.

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