Participate in Church

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. When you sign up below, please indicate what date and what you would like to help with. Thank you for volunteering!

DateScripture ReaderGreetersFlower Delivery
2/6✔︎Volunteers neededVolunteer needed
2/13✔︎Volunteers neededVolunteer needed
2/20✔︎Volunteers neededVolunteer needed
2/27✔︎Volunteers neededVolunteer needed
3/6✔︎Volunteers neededVolunteer needed

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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 $45. If you’re donating a check, please make it out to FCCR with “Altar Flowers” in the memo.

Sundays available for Altar Flower Donation
February 6
February 20
February 27
March 6
March 13
March 20
March 27

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Arts & Community Space Survey

For many years First Congregational Church of Reading has been the home to several arts groups, including Creative Arts, the Reading Art Association, and the Reading Community Concert Band. Our building has the potential  to house many more. We consider it part of  our mission to support the arts, as well as  community non-profits and self-help groups.  

To that end, FCCR is surveying members of the community regarding their space needs for work, meetings, and events. The results of this survey will guide us in making improvements to the building to accommodate your needs.

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Olde Redding Express 2021!

Rain Date: September 26th

Visit the Olde Redding Express website here to learn more and to place an order or bid!

The Olde Redding Express began last year as a smaller Covid-safe version of our Olde Redding Faire (a First Congregational Church of Reading tradition for over 60 years!).

This year there will be so much to enjoy online, in person, and for pick-up or delivery! Order mums, food, or sweet treats, place a bid in the online auction, try your hand at a jigsaw puzzle, and have a few laughs with community!

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Lunches for Common Cathedral

Thank you to everyone who participated and made sandwiches this year! We were able to deliver 200 lunches to the Common Cathedral community, allowing many to take more than one. Thank you for helping us continue this annual tradition and connection with Common Cathedral!

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

  • PB&J: 40/38
  • Ham & Cheese: 38/38
  • Turkey (no cheese): 40/38
  • Tuna: 38/38

Sign-ups filled! Thanks everyone!

As Paula Ewenstein, Common Cathedral Lunch Coordinator says: “Hello, we are delighted and grateful that your congregation / group 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 2021, we’ve made a few updates we’d like to share with you.
Supplies: 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

Program suppliesIf 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! 
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. 

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. 
BIG VIRTUAL HUGS to you, our ministry partners! Your support is always appreciated, and continues to be absolutely essential. Thank you!” 

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

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2022 Calendar Collection

It’s That Time of Year!

Have you been finding colorful 2022 calendars in your mail? Maybe you make a donation to the sending organization, or maybe you don’t. But please, if the calendar has colorful pictures for each month, save it! We’ll collect them and then pass them on to the Food Pantry near the end of the current year for distribution to clients. If the calendar is full of ads and you don’t want it, please recycle. We’re on only looking for cheery image calendars.

Leave all calendars in the box on the cabinet outside the Music Room (next to the Pantry basket).

Thanks for your help!

Contact the Church Office with any questions:

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Summer Bible Study

Inspired by our Lent Bible Study time together, we’ll be reading through stories of Women of the Bible. You don’t need to commit for the whole summer: drop in any time! Come when you’re able to attend, or perhaps if there’s a favorite woman you’d like to learn more about.

July 13th 3PM at the church – Eve
July 27th – 7PM on Zoom – Mothers of the Old Testament
August 10th 3PM at the church – Bad Girls of the Bible
Augsut 24th 7PM on Zoom – Heroines You Might Not Know
September 7th – 3PM at the church – Women of the New Testament

Register below to recieve email reminders and zoom links.

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CWS School Kit Collection

The church’s mission ministry is excited to anticipate creating school kits for Church World Service again this summer. 

Last year we assembled an astonishing 47 kits! This year we want to do 30. Why are we aiming lower? Two reasons. We have thirty bags left over from last year. Check! In addition, this year there is no pick up point anywhere in the northeast until next spring. You may recall last year we were able to deliver the kits to Maine for pickup in September. The team working on this project wants to create the kits and get them out in the world for children to use. That means we will need to ship the completed kits. Transport costs for 30 will range between $75 and $100. In addition, CWS requests $2 for each kit to off-set their transport expenses getting the kits to their final destinations. So…not only will we be collecting items for the kits, we hope to collect donations on the order of $150 for expenses. We are confident we will find a way.

In the event you encounter any really great bargains anytime soon, these are the needed items for each kit:

  • 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)

The church school children will be assembling kits on Sunday, August 15th. That means that all purchases for kits should be delivered not later than Thursday, August 12th

We will again have a box just inside the office entry door to receive your donations. They can be dropped off between 10 am and 1 pm, Monday thru Thursday, starting July 12th. Financial donations can be dropped off in the office (not the box), or mailed, with a memo of CWS kits. Thank you!

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Outdoor Summer Sunday Worship

Let’s enjoy the sunny summer weather together! Join First Congregational Church for Sunday Worship Services on the lawn for the following Sundays at 9AM:

  • July 4th
  • July 25th
  • August 15th
  • September 5th

In case of inclement weather, communication will be sent out before the service.

During the warm summer months, if we are not meeting outside on the lawn, our Sunday Worship Service will be online only, on Zoom and Facebook Live at 10AM.

If you are not on the FCCR mailing list, contact our church office at to get connected!

Not able to meet in person? We’ll livestream at 9 AM and video recording will be posted on both Facebook and by 10 AM

See you there!…

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Outdoor Prayer Service

Join us out in nature for a brief evening vespers service outdoors. These will not be live streamed, and will include a little bit of music, time to share your joys and concerns, and come together briefly during the week. We also hope to offer these meetings at some fun outdoor locations around town. Outdoor prayer services will meet at the following times:

  • Wednesday June 30th at 7PM – on the church lawn
  • Saturday July 10th at 5PM – on the church lawn
  • Wednesday July 28th at 7PM – Location TBA
  • Saturday August 21st at 5PM – Location TBA

Sign up to attend an outdoor prayer service by filling out the form below. If you have any questions or would like to join our mailing list, please contact our church office by emailing

See you there!…

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