Summer Worship – Hours & Locations

Hands holding the word summer

During July & August 2022 we will worship in a variety of locations each Sunday at 9 AM (in-person and online), unless otherwise noted.

Please note locations may change based on weather;
check the weekly e-news to make sure you are in the right place! Email to sign up for weekly e-news mailings.

August 7Communion Sunday – Outdoors* on the lawn on Sanborn St.
*weather permitting; in Guild Hall downstairs in case of inclement weather
August 14
@10 AM
Worship with Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading 
(239 Woburn Street) in their fellowship hall (air conditioned). This Sunday we will explore what it means to be in relationship together as a wider community of many faiths.
August 21DIY Sunday – Outdoors* on the lawn on Sanborn St.
*weather permitting; in Guild Hall downstairs in case of inclement weather
August 28
@ 10 AM
Worship on the Cape
We join our coastal neighbors on the Cape at First Parish Truro for worship this Sunday. Click here if you’re interested in carpooling (as a driver or rider). Spend the day on the Cape or join us online. There will be no in-person worship on site in Reading this week.
September 4 Communion Sunday/Labor Day Weekend
Outdoors on the lawn on Sanborn Street (weather permitting; in Guild Hall in case of inclement weather)
September 11Outdoors* on the lawn on Sanborn St.
*weather permitting; in Guild Hall downstairs in case of inclement weather
Reading Street Fair after church
September 18 @ 10 AMHomecoming Sunday – We return to our 10 AM time and worship in the Sanctuary

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Our CWS School Kit Collection Is Underway

The box is beginning to be “fed” by your generosity of spirit. Thank you for thinking of those who are in need. School supplies seem like such a simple thing – something youngsters in our communities might not find exciting. Fresh paper, pencils, crayons, and related items will undoubtedly bring smiles to the faces of the children who receive our kits.

We are in need of the items listed here, or financial donations to off-set related expenses.

One pair of blunt scissors (rounded tip, only)
Three 70-count bound notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages (no loose-leaf or filler paper)
One 12” ruler
One hand-held pencil sharpener
One large eraser (no pencil cap erasers)
Six new, unsharpened pencils with erasers
One box of 24 crayons (only 24)…

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Lunches for Common Cathedral

So far, we have volunteers signed up to make the following sandwiches:

  • PB&J: 40/50
  • Ham & Cheese: 20/50
  • Turkey (no cheese): 10/50

This year there is also an opportunity to serve lunch and attend Common Cathedral in Boston Common.

As Paula Ewenstein, Common Cathedral Lunch Coordinator says: “Hello, we are delighted and grateful that your congregation will be visiting common cathedral! First, thank you for your continued support of common cathedral. Your contribution is keeping people fed physically and spiritually throughout this global pandemic. For Summer 2022, we’ve made a few updates we’d like to share with you.

Click on the boxes below for more information:

Donating lunches: We are continuing to ask for pre-made lunches and are currently requesting the following supplies: 
  • 150 brown paper bag lunches
  • With sandwiches – We will prepare PB&J, turkey and cheese, ham and cheese, and tuna for some of our loyal sandwich makers          
  • 2-3 snacks inside (chips, fruit, cheese sticks, cookies) [Please put snacks in small zip locked bags if they aren’t already wrapped]

    “Adding a tomato, pickles, lettuce, anything extra makes it a meal, not just a sandwich.” –John, community member
Donating Supplies: If you are looking to support us in other ways, check out our Amazon Wish list:

Click Here! It is updated monthly with seasonal items needed as indicated by our community. For example, ankle socks for these hot summer days! 

Safely making sandwiches: Some people have expressed concern about making lunches during this COVID-time. Please *do* take extra precautions when making the food.

Have individuals make them at home and drop off with one central person who will be doing the delivery on Sunday. Remind lunch-makers to sanitize the surface on which they make the food, to wash hands often, and to wear gloves. The virus itself is *not* food-borne but rather the danger is in particles coming into contact with the food items being prepared. 

Important note: People are hungry right now, as many meal programs have closed or simplified their operations. It’s harder to get food if you are homeless or income-insecure. This is why we are requesting these items. 

Contact the church office if you have any questions at (781) 944-0205 or

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Wow! Look what we’ve been up to so far this Summer!

Despite it being a hot summer, volunteers across our church community have shown up to help out to make some BIG changes. News just too good to share, we couldn’t wait for another newsletter!

Operation clean-up from that fall water leak has continued thanks to the many hours of work from our Property Ministry, including the installation of a new drop-ceiling in Pilgrim Hall.

Sustainability work doesn’t stop in the summer! The teams have been meeting and working. Volunteers have been putting things in motion, including dipping our toes into our first two “pilot programs” of our arts initiatives.

When was the last time you went upstairs?

Volunteers have been cleaning up and clearing out upstairs rooms to make way for new potential! The first “pilot” of our Sustainability vision (a costume artist needing studio space) is moving in soon to use the old Youth Room.

Over the spring and summer months, this room has received a face-lift: moving out old couches, fixing plaster, and electrical work. Do you even recognize it?!

Volunteers have also dedicated time to cleaning and organizing all kinds of supplies, materials, and resources which had lived in the old CE room and the old Associate Minister’s office (which has become a storage space for the time being).

A preview of what’s to come
The Chapel got a change, too! The Northeast School of Ballet held summer classes for three weeks in the Chapel. Looking for a more dedicated space, we are trying out a pilot of offering the Chapel as a temporary dance studio.

The Chapel has transformed back to it’s original worship set-up this past Sunday, and it will still be available for us to use in August.

But wait! There’s more!
Remember the 1920s Philathea motto? “We do things” is alive and well here at First Congregational Church! In addition to all the above, we also have had volunteers helping to mow, weed, and garden this summer! 

Our calendar may have slowed down for the summer, but our work certainly hasn’t! There’s still much more to come and more to do. We’re looking for volunteers who can help, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to the office for all projects big and small, much of which we hope to complete before the FAIRE! …

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