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COVID-19 Worship Update
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This church is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, which means that we welcome all people here.  So, no matter your age or shoe size, no matter what mistakes are in your past or in your future, no matter what you look like, no matter what you believe or don’t believe, no matter who you love or who loves you, you are very welcome into the full inclusion of this community of friends.

Are you a vet? Welcome. Never served? Welcome. Gay? Straight? Trans? Searching? Married? Divorced? Single? Widowed? With kids? Grown kids? No kids? YOU, are welcome here. Join us. Experience the warmth of an open and affirming, and faith-full community.

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Memorial Service for Robert Fuller
The Memorial Service & Celebration of Life for Robert L. Fuller will be held in the Sanctuary at First Congregational Church of Reading. …
Sign up to Volunteer on Sundays
There's all kinds of ways to volunteer to participate in church! If you (or your household or family) want to volunteer sign up below. …
Sign up to donate altar flowers
Sign up to contribute flowers for the altar on Sunday mornings. Fill out the form below. The cost of the flower arrangement is …
Holy Week & Easter Services
Join us April 10 through April 17 for Holy Week services to celebrate these sacred days. All services will be both in person …
Easter Egg Hunt
At the end of Easter worship please join us for an Easter egg hunt on the side lawn.


From Our Minister

When Jesus began his ministry in Judea 2 millennia ago, he didn’t do a big marketing campaign. He wasn’t interested in being popular or taking on new technology. Instead, he assembled a rag-tag crew of folks who imagined the world could look differently. He focused on relationship and storytelling. He used bread and a cup, and took something everyday and ordinary and made it extraordinary. And he did this with people, too.

In fact, he still does. There are few places in our world today where an 8 year-old and an 80 year-old can be friends. There are few places in our world today where you can sing with a doctor, a salesman, and a psychiatrist. There are few places in our world today where you can turn to someone you might not know very well and ask them “what do you need right now?” Church is the place where we come together to do that meaning-making, that wrestling with the hard stuff, and that sharing of the joy-filled parts of our lives. It’s where Jesus takes the everyday ordinary parts of ourselves and reminds us we can do extraordinary things.

Here at First Congregational Church of Reading, we take the Bible seriously, but not literally. We believe in science, medicine, and the environment, and we pray, too. We know that this life shouldn’t be lived alone, and so we believe in walking this journey together. That’s the best we can be: a rag-tag crew who loves each other deeply, without question, and without hesitation, ready to make the world a better place for us all to live. We hope you’ll join us to do the same!

Rev. Emelia Attridge

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