Worship

This church is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, which means that we welcome all people here.  So, no matter your age or shoe size, no matter what mistakes are in your past or in your future, no matter what you look like, no matter what you believe or don’t believe, no matter who you love or who loves you, you are very welcome into the full inclusion of this community of friends.

Learning and Faith Exploration

Providing programs that introduce and promote the growth of persons into the life and mission of the community of Christian faith, providing education for children, youth and adults. 

Learning occurs throughout the span of human life as we ask about, and live with, the fundamental questions of existence, both of which open opportunities and occasions for education. Learning occurs in a variety of ways: in study and reflection, in action and contemplation, in practice and discipline, in worship and sacraments, in prayer and celebration.

Mission

  • Supporting Emmaus Inc, in its summer Cycle for Shelter.
  • Providing lunch and presence for Common Cathedral in August.
  • Collecting new white socks for the Outdoor Church in Cambridge.
  • Collection of art supplies for Common Art of Ecclesia Ministries.
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas collections for the Reading Food Pantry.
  • Advent collections for City Mission Society (gifts for both children and adults) and toiletries for Emmaus.
  • Linen collection for Emmaus.
  • CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets.
  • One Great Hour of Sharing.
  • In addition to these activities, the Mission and Outreach Ministry oversees benevolence giving to a wide range of organizations, to assist them with their particular ministries.

Resources

Our Resources Ministry leverages the talents of the congregation to enlist and engage people as well as financial resources of the Church to help fulfill the Church’s mission. The Resources Ministry provides the coordination and supervision of four core ministries: Leadership, Investments, Stewardship and Property. 

For more information on the Ministries of the First Congregational Church of Reading, please call, email or visit us this Sunday morning.

Congregational Care

At the First Congregational Church of Reading, we strive to care for one another – we are members of a real family of faith.  To that end we have many ways in which to care for and support one another.  Our Visitation Group visits those who are homebound, keeping them in touch – in person – with happenings at the church and news about friends.  We have a “Yarning to Care” group which knits and shares prayer shawls for those both in and beyond the church family who are in special need, blankets which are given to each family with a baby who is baptized at church, hats for shelters and preemies, and various items to support our Heifer Marketplace in the spring.  In addition FCCR boasts a Care Ministry which meets monthly to assess the status of individuals who have been hospitalized, suffered illness or loss.  That group oversees meal support (with thanks to a large number of volunteers from the congregation) as well as transportation to appointments when needed.