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Our Ministries

Haiti Report Fall 2018

by Mary Friedman (Thank you to Karen Pohlman for translating Pastor Francoise’ e-mails from the French for us!) The Haiti Team is happy to share pictures and an annual report for 2017-2018 we have just received from Pastor Francoise Villiers, Executive Director of our mission partner in Haiti: the National [more…]

Church Without Walls

Come down and join Pastor Marisa with a growing First Church presence at this organic outdoor service, rain or shine! Introduce yourself, meet our friends in the streets who join us in worship! First Church is now part of Church Without Walls – a ministry to the homeless in Springfield [more…]


Vocal and instrumental music in many genres are integral to the way we worship, hear the scriptures and build Christian community at First Church. The Chancel Choir, a quartet of top-tier soloists, the Handbell Choir, the Children’s Choir and frequent special guests contribute regularly to worship — always pursuing excellence [more…]


For over 15 years, First Church has been involved with CONASPEH, a non-governmental organization that was formed in 1986 by 50 Protestant Haitian ministers. CONASPEH has 4,000 member churches and plays an important role in the economic, social, religious, and intellectual development of Haiti, the poorest country in the western [more…]

First Impressions of Haiti – February 2017

by Anne Landry The day last fall when I listened to Patrick and Francoise talk about the First Church/CONASPEH partnership and their work in Haiti, I knew I needed to go there. Before the trip I heard, as so many of you have, impressions and stories from Mark Pohlman, Mary [more…]

Trip Diary February 2017

by Mary Friedman On Saturday, February 10, Mark Pohlman, Karen Pohlman, Anne Landry, and Mary Friedman drove to New York and stayed overnight at a motel near JFK Airport.  We flew out Sunday morning, arriving in Port-au-Prince at 1:10pm.  We stayed at Wall’s International Guest House. Monday Morning Meeting with [more…]

Trip Report February 2017

by Mark Pohlman One of the purposes for our yearly visits to CONASPEH is to check on the progress of various projects that have been funded and supported by First Church. Here are some of my observations. Scholarship program for students at College Saint Andre K-13. We were given a [more…]

Christian Education

Jesus said “Let the children come to me.”  At First Church, we extend this same welcome.  Our Christian Education program begins with our Pre-K/Kindergarten program and continues with Church School for grades 1-6, and Confirmation classes for grades 7-8.  Our children are invited to become members of First Church through Confirmation at [more…]

Family Ministries

At First Church of Christ, we extend ministries and education to inspire children and families on their faith journey, treasuring our God who both supports them and calls them to action.  We offer programs for specific age groups as well as regular events for all ages with special focus on [more…]

Villier Visit Report

Reflections About Patrick and Francoise Villier’s Visit September 24-26, 2016 by Mark Pohlman, Chair, Haiti Team Julie and I were fortunate to host Patrick and Francoise Villier last month and spend four days in their company. Here are some information items and impressions which I want to share. * They [more…]