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Haiti Trip 2019

Mark and I (Mary) arrived safely in Haiti yesterday. We went to two different churches this morning that are part of CONASPEH.  We had lunch with Pastor Francoise and some of the bishops and students.
It is great to see some of our friends again here. An added BIG surprise was seeing our former missionaries Kim and Patrick Bentrott and their three children who are here at the guest house with us. It is a children’s first visit to Haiti and Kim‘s first visit since the earthquake in 2010.

Welcome Pastor Pam!

May 1, 2017

At a special congregational meeting after the service on Sunday, April 30 our church voted to call the Reverend Pamela Woodall McGrath as the 17th settled Senior Pastor of First Church.

The meeting was held after Pastor Pam led a full worship service, complete with a baptism and chidren’s message.  She preached a rousing sermon entitled “Where is Jesus?” to a captivated congregation.

During the post-worship meeting the members of the Senior Pastor Search Team each shared information about the search process and the reasons they were recommending that she be called. After the vote was taken (which was unanimous), Pam and her husband Doug came back into the sanctuary to a standing ovation from the congregation!

The meeting was followed by a reception in Bailey Hall where those in attendance were able to greet and welcome Pastor Pam.

 

About Pastor Pam

Pam grew up in Atlanta, GA and came to ministry as a second career. She is a storyteller and has worked as an organizational consultant.

She received her Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has over ten years of experience as a Senior Pastor, most recently serving North Community Church UCC in Marshfield, MA.…

Welcome to First Church

First Church aims to extend God’s extravagant welcome.  No matter who you are and no matter where you are on your life’s journey, you are welcome here — to explore your faith, to meet new people, and to strengthen your personal relationship with God…

Our Church Family

First Church of Christ in Longmeadow is a vital, active, progressive Christian faith community.  We welcome persons of every age, race, ethnicity, gender identity and expressions, sexual orientation, mental, physical, emotional, economic and social status and circumstances of life.

We are one family in Jesus Christ. We are a diverse group of people called by God to be in relationship with one another, to share in all the beginnings and endings, successes and failures, celebrations and sorrows of life and ministry.

While some of us were baptized, confirmed, and married at First Church, many others were raised in other faith traditions; still others are participating in a faith community for the first time in our lives.

Many of us live in Longmeadow; others come from the surrounding communities of Enfield, Springfield, Wilbraham, and beyond. We are married and single, young and old, longtime members and occasional visitors, bound together by the unity of the Holy Spirit.

Regular worship services are held Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary.  The sacrament of Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month.  Worship practices are outlined in the bulletins distributed at each service, and ushers are happy to guide newcomers. Nursery care, church school, large-print texts, and audio assistance are available during Sunday services, and the church building is accessible to the handicapped.…

What to Expect When You Visit

Sunday mornings we gather as a community to actively live the Gospel and to be renewed by the living God. Through worship and education, music, fellowship and prayer, we are invited into the beauty, adventure and mystery of faith. Our Sunday offerings include enrichment and learning opportunities for children and adults, community worship in the sanctuary, and a fellowship hour in our hall. We warmly welcome you to participate in some or all of these opportunities as you wish. If you are a first-time visitor with children, please know that kids of all ages are free to take part in our children’s messages and church school programs or to remain with their parents in worship, as they prefer. Our Nursery/Pre-K Room is open every Sunday morning for our youngest visitors.

First Church is handicap accessible.  We have a ramp for accessing our front doors as well as the door on Williams Street and an elevator that reaches all floors.

Visit our worship section for details on worship at First Church.

“What should I wear?” Wear whatever you wish. First Church has no dress code. Most of us dress comfortably and somewhat informally—heels and ties are definitely optional.…

We Are Open and Affirming

On September 18, 2011 members of First Church voted to become an Open and Affirming congregation by adopting the following welcome statement: “We, the First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, strive to live out our stated mission to seek love and justice in our world. We welcome persons of every age, race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, mental, physical, emotional, economic and social status, and circumstance of life into the full participation and ministry of our church.”…

Our Mission

“Embraced by the love of God in Christ, our mission is to love and serve our world. We seek to grow in Christ’s family through our journey inward towards faith and knowledge outward, toward love and justice, always rooted and nurtured in worship.”…

What is the UCC?

The First Church of Christ in Longmeadow is a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC). The UCC formed in 1957 with the union of two Protestant traditions: the Evangelical and Reformed Church, and the Congregational Christian Churches.

The UCC:

  • Witnesses to the reality and power of the crucified and risen Christ
  • Confesses the authority of one God
  • Affirms the primacy of Scripture, the doctrine of justification by faith, the priesthood of all believers, and the principle of Christian freedom
  • Celebrates two sacraments: baptism and the Lord’s Supper
  • Relies on covenantal relationships, rather than legal agreements, among congregations
  • Believes the primary task of the church is proclaiming the Good News of God’s love

To learn more, visit:

The United Church of Christ Web site, which includes news and links relevant to the Church’s role in current affairs, Christian education, global ministries for peace and crisis relief, and much more.

The Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ Web site, which represents a community of 432 churches—the largest Protestant denomination in the Commonwealth.…

Handicap Access to the Sanctuary

Over the summer of 2015 the sanctuary underwent major renovations:  new flooring, carpet and all the pews are being refinished and painted. Along with these aesthetic improvements there have been discussions about making our sanctuary more accessible to people requiring walkers and wheelchairs.

The Leadership Team felt that this time of renovation would be the time to address concerns over being more welcoming to those in wheelchairs.  A very simple solution was found which cost nothing and is thought to be a significant improvement:   shorter pews from the balcony were brought down to replace two pews on each side on the center aisle on the main floor.  This has created a notched effect in the center of the sanctuary which will accommodate a wheel chair bound person and an accompanying person sitting next to that person.   This change is consistent with the guidelines recommended by the Americans with Disabilities Act from 25 years ago, creates space in the midst of our sanctuary and conveys a clear message of “Welcome! We are glad you are here!”    This adaptation is one that many churches have made in their sanctuaries in order to allow ‘everyone’ to fully participate in worship.…

Weather Closings

In case of adverse weather, First Church follows the lead from Town of Longmeadow.  If the town issues a parking ban, then the church building is closed and all meetings are canceled.

If weather should cause a church service to be canceled a special alert would be sent via our email system and a notice would be placed on our homepage and be sent to WWLP Channel 22.…