The people of the First Congregational Church of Reading are part of a rich history of Congregationalism that began almost 400 years ago in New England. The church has evolved over the years and continues to evolve to meet the needs of the Reading community, while at the same time our members have a continuing commitment to our faith believing that:
We covenant with God our Creator. Jesus Christ our Savior and Teacher and the Holy Spirit as our Guide, accepting the Holy Scriptures as the rule of our lives in faith and practice.
We recognize both the duty and privilege of uniting in Christian community for fellowship, for spiritual life and worship and for the opportunity to serve the realm of God in the world.
We will order our lives in public and private according to the spirit of Jesus Christ.
We promise to submit to orderly administration of the church, to walk with its members in unconditional love, to be present, as far as possible, at its worship services, to contribute, as we may be able, to its stewardship and prosperity, and to witness for peace and justice around the world.
We do this relying upon God as our Creator, Jesus Christ as our Savior and the Holy Spirit as our Helper.
Believing that Christ’s call-- “Come unto me”—is unconditional, we, as Christ’s disciples in the First Congregational Church of Reading, United Church of Christ, strive to live out this call to be the body of Christ. In doing so: we welcome and embrace all people—people of all races, ethnicities and ages; mental, emotional and physical abilities; gender identities and sexual orientation; economic and social standings, and family and religious traditions. Celebrating the full diversity of God’s creation, we invite all to join us in our worship and to participate in the full life and ministry of this faith community. Therefore, guided by the Holy Spirit and with God’s grace, we joyously declare this to be an open and affirming congregation, welcoming and providing safe sanctuary to all.
Contact our Pastor to learn more about the vision and beliefs of our church.