21 Days of Service

Each year, we host a day of service with Reading Cares. It’s a morning of activities on the Saturday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday weekend, where volunteers from all over town, of different ages and backgrounds, come together to spend time working on different projects to give back to various local organizations. When we couldn’t meet last year because of COVID, Reading Cares found a way to create a virtual socially-distanced way to give back. Instead of one morning, we have 21 days of service. Click the button below to read about the various projects you can sign up for. Once you select the project(s) you’d like to participate in, a volunteer will contact you with more details.

Continue Reading →

Christmas Eve at First Congregational Church of Reading

This year’s in-person and online Candlelight Service will begin at 5:30 PM in the Sanctuary. Masks must be worn in the church at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

Join us on Zoom or on Facebook Live online. If you’re feeling sick at all or have symptoms, we ask that you join us online for the health and safety of all.

If you don’t already receive our weekly emails, and you’d like to receive the Zoom link for the Christmas Eve service, please email office@churchofreading.org to request to be added.

If you’re planning on attending in-person, you’re invited to Join us as we celebrate Christmas Eve with caroling outdoors on the Woburn Street steps from 4:45 – 5:30 PM (come for the whole time, or just come early for a carol or two before you arrive to worship!) …

Continue Reading →

Blue Christmas

Tuesday, December 21, at 7 PM

Each third Tuesday of the month we hold a special “Pressing Pause” service of quiet reflection and meditation. This month, the service will focus on the theme of “The Longest Night” or “Blue Christmas.” December 21st marks the longest night of the year, when the sun sets the earliest and rises the latest in the northern hemisphere. For those who aren’t able to be “jolly” in this season, it can be especially lonely and difficult. If you are grieving, depressed, anxious, lonely, heartbroken, or just fed up with the pandemic, you might find this meditative space helpful.

The Sanctuary will be open with contemplative live piano music and candlelight from 6:30 to 7 PM

From 7 to 7:30 PM there will be a brief service of meditation on the theme of Blue Christmas.

You’re invited to come in, light a candle, listen to the music, and press pause, whether that’s for 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or the whole hour. …

Continue Reading →

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

Continue Reading →

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

Continue Reading →

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.

Continue Reading →

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

Continue Reading →

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.

Continue Reading →