After a period of discussion and discernment in early 2012, First Church adopted the following Motto and Mission Statement at its Annual Congregational Meeting on June 3, 2012. We use these statements to help us clarify our sense of purpose in this particular place and time.
Growing Deeper in FAITH, Looking Up in HOPE, Reaching Out in LOVE
“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor. 13:13
The mission of the First Congregational Church of Hopkinton, NH, UCC is:
- To offer meaningful opportunities for spiritual growth where people at very different places in their faith journeys can learn together about Jesus and the Bible, explore their own spirituality and relationship with God, grow in understanding and respect for different religions, and consider what Christianity means for how we live today;
- To reach out to the broader community in ways that connect us to our neighbors, open our eyes and hearts to the needs of others, and enable us to alleviate suffering and make a real difference in our world;
- To provide a welcoming, inclusive, and loving church family in which people of all ages and backgrounds know they are valued and cared for and in which they experience the love and grace of God from one another;
- To be a joyful and vibrant church that celebrates the gift of life together as we give thanks for our heritage, rejoice in our present ministry, and look to the future with a hopeful and positive faith.