In Person Worship: This Summer!

We are so excited to begin offering in person worship services! Join the First Congregational Church of Reading community in our sanctuary, over Zoom, or on Facebook Live Sundays at 10AM.

Any Sunday that the weather will be too hot to gather in the sanctuary, communication will be sent out before the service and worship will commence online only – on Zoom and Facebook Live.

To join our mailing list or the receive information about how to connect on Zoom, contact our church office by emailing

Masks are required at all times inside the church building.

See you there!…

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Summer Sunday School

We’re looking forward to summer at First Congregational Church of Reading and have already begun planning for Summer Sunday School Meet-Ups! Families with children ages pre-k through 8th grade are invited to join in person at these events.

Masks are required at all church events.

June 6th at 2:30PM – Tie Dye
Join for an afternoon of tie dying on the church lawn! Bring something to dye and the colors will be provided.

June 13th at 2:30PM – Nature Walk & Scavenger Hunt
Join for a nature walk and scavenger hunt beginning at the Wood End School Parking Lot! Wear comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for walking in the Town Forrest.

July 11th – Water Balloon Bonanza!
Join on the church lawn for games, relay races, and a lot of water balloons! Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that won’t slip.

August 15th – Assembling School Kits for Kids in Need
Join us to assemble school kits for kids in need. More information will be sent out closer to the date.

Don’t receive emails about our Summer School Programs? Want to sign up for any of the above events with you kids? Fill out the form below!

Contact our church office at with any questions!

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Programs for Lent

Read below about the variety of programs we’re offering this February and March. Lent in a Bag featured all kinds of materials, and there are still extras of many of those. Didn’t get a bag? Email to request one!

Wednesday Evening Meditation

During the season of Lent (from February 17 to April 3), there will be a meditation online on Facebook Live and Zoom each Wednesday at 7 PM. Want to be notified each Wednesday? Sign up here:

Exploring Lent Series

Three weeks, three classes, offered at multiple times for your convenience! These workshops will all be offered on Zoom. Interested? Sign up below:

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March Mission Collection

This month we are collecting pajamas for teens for the Dept. of Children and Families in Wakefield. The Metro North Area Office in Wakefield covers a group of cities/towns north of Boston. These include Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Wakefield, Reading, North Reading, and Stoneham. It is wonderful to provide a pair of clean, cozy pajamas for a teen to start his/her first night in foster care! The DCF typically receives donations for young children, and there is a need for the larger sizes. 

Donations can be left in the box immediately inside the doors at the office entrance to the church on Sanborn Street. The doors are open on Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. If these times are not convenient, please do not hesitate to call the Church Office. We will gladly make other arrangements to allow you to participate. Thank you for your kindness.

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Ash Wednesday is February 17

Ash Wednesday looks different this year. And that’s okay – everything looks different this year. Join us for Ash Wednesday at Home on Zoom and Facebook Live, February 17, at 7 PM. Scroll down to sign up for weekly E-News or just to get the Sunday Zoom links.

Our Lent in a Bag included an at-home guide for Ash Wednesday as well as temporary tattoos to use instead of receiving ashes. It’s not the same, but the meaning is the same: we are marked by the dust we are, and reminded of our existence here on earth is only temporary. If you didn’t get a Lent in a Bag, but would like to receive the at-home guide and temporary tattoo in the mail (even if it is weeks after Ash Wednesday!) just email

Sign Up for weekly E-News or Sunday Zoom links (including a link to Ash Wednesday Zoom):

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February Donation Collection

Each month our Mission ministry highlights a different mission partner. This month we’re collecting new or gently used towels and washcloths for Emmaus Inc. in Haverhill.

You can drop off donations just inside the Church Office door on Sanborn St. The door will be open Mon-Thur, 10AM-2PM and on Sun, Feb 28, noon-2PM. Donations will be accepted through Sun, February 28th. Contactless pickup can be arranged. 

Emmaus is a community-based nonprofit corporation founded in 1985 to provide housing and services to homeless adults and families in Haverhill, MA. FCCR has supported Emmaus for decades and has watched it grow into a comprehensive agency serving the needs of the all those insecurely sheltered. Emmaus programs span emergency shelters, affordable housing, homelessness prevention and housing stabilization services, and education and job training, as well as community outreach. Find out more at

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ReadingCares MLK Jr 21 Days of Service

Each January, ReadingCares organizes a day of service during the MLK Jr weekend. It’s a day the whole town comes together from various communities and gives back! ReadingCares is making sure the work continues this year. Click below to volunteer for a variety of projects, get connected, and make a difference! Instead of just one day of service, this will be an ongoing project for 21 days of service ending February 7th.

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