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.
Here’s the latest
- Service of Celebration for the Life of Joe KingstonA Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for the Life of Joe Kingston will be held on Saturday, September 23 at 11 AM followed by a collation at First Congregational Church…
- Olde Redding Faire Silent AuctionAs the excitement for the Olde Redding Faire builds, we ask you to consider donating to this year’s Silent Auction. We hope you will join us in celebrating our faire and…
- The Olde Redding FaireSave the date for the Olde Redding Faire! Saturday, September 30th, from 10am-2pm Email OldeReddingFaire@gmail.com for more info.
- Dress a Girl Around the WorldThe First Congregational Church of Reading’s Women ‘n Stitches group is kicking off the “Dress a Girl Around the World” sewing project. Dress a Girl Around the World is a campaign…
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