Service for Janet Thompson

Saturday, December 4 at 2 PM
If you are attending in person on we ask that you wear a mask while inside the church at all times, regardless of vaccination status.
Parking is available in the Town Hall Parking Lot (on Salem Street), or street parking on Sanborn and Woburn Streets.

If you are unable to join us in-person, but would like to attend in spirit online, please enter your name and email in the form below and click “Submit.” You will receive an email with a Zoom link on Saturday morning (please check your Spam or Junk folders if you do not see it in your inbox). Additionally, a recording of the service will be posted here on this same page afterwards.

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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 ReaderCoffee Hour HostGreetersFlower Delivery
11/21✔︎Volunteer neededVolunteer neededVolunteer needed
11/28✔︎N/A Volunteer neededVolunteer needed
12/5✔︎Volunteer neededVolunteer neededVolunteer needed
12/12✔︎Volunteer neededVolunteer neededN/A
12/19✔︎Volunteer neededVolunteer neededN/A

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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
January 9
January 23
January 30
February 6
February 13
February 20
February 27

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Intergenerational Advent Workshop

Join us after worship on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 11 AM for an all-ages Advent Workshop where we will move between various stations around the church learning about Advent, making crafts, hanging greens, and decorating our own Advent Wreaths! Sign up is strongly encouraged so we know how many supplies to account for.

Can’t make it in person? No worries! Sign up below and select the option to receive Advent in a Bag so you don’t miss out on the fun.

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Trunk-or-Treat – Oct. 31 at 2 PM

Join us on Sunday, October 31 at 2 PM in the Town Hall Parking Lot for an intergenerational Trunk-or-Treat event where kids can get something sweet, and adults and families can also give something sweet!

Each “trunk” will be decorated and offer candy to hand out. And each trunk will also represent a local charity that the church partners with. You’re invited to bring the following donations to give to the different trunks:

Reading Food Pantry
Canned goods

PAWS Wakefield
Canned or dry cat food

Emmaus Inc (shelter and services in Haverhill, MA)
Diapers size 3-6
Pull ups
Toiletries (unopened hotel or travel size are good)
Paper products (bath tissue, paper towels, etc)
Education or art supplies

Habitat for Humanity
Cash or check donation
(checks can be made out to FCCR with charity in the memo)

Reading POWIR Afghan Refugee Support
Stop & Shop Gift Cards
Cash or check donation
(checks can be made out to FCCR with charity in the memo)

Various organizations who work with the homeless & unhoused (Outdoor Church, Common Cathedral, etc)
Plain new white socks

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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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Blessing of the Animals

All pets of all kinds and their owners are invited to receive a blessing on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1 PM on the lawn on Sanborn Street.

If your pet doesn’t play well with others, or maybe isn’t very mobile, or perhaps you’ve lost a beloved pet recently — we invite you to bring a photo of your pet to receive a blessing.

This will be a brief event so we will hold it rain or shine! (If there is rain, we’ll set up a little canopy tent. If the rain is very heavy, we will plan to cancel)…

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