Interfaith Programs

Interfaith Programs

Pioneer Valley Project

Save the Date!
Pioneer Valley Project’s Community Action Meeting

Tuesday, October 29th – 6:00-8:00 PM

Location TBA, Springfield

Join Us As We Take Action for:
-Quality Public Schools
-Addressing the Opioid Crisis
-Safe and Affordable Housing
-Ending Gun Violence

As new members of PVP we want to have a good turnout for this! Let’s show them that First Church CARES about what happens in the city! If you can go, please let Mary Friedman or Anne Landry know.

“Justice is what love looks like in public.”
-Cornell West

Pioneer Valley Project Update

July 2019

First Church is now officially a member of the Pioneer Valley Project (PVP) of Springfield. PVP is a diverse coalition of faith-based organizations and other groups which work together on a variety of social justice issues in the greater Springfield area.

At the PVP’s Issues Assembly, on June 25th at Sinai Temple, a large group of representatives from each member organization met to determine three major issues to address for the coming year. Six members of First Church attended this gathering. After an evening of sharing and discernment, the group identified the three areas for focus: 1. Education, 2. Housing 3. Opioid Crisis.

Attendees signed up for one of the three areas. They will gather information by researching and interviewing key players in the community. Next, the research team will identify an action which is specific, immediate, and winnable within the broad topic. (For example, in the broader area of education, PVP members were successful in getting the Springfield public schools to institute a “late bus” so that students could participate in after school activities or extra help.) Anne Landry is part of the Housing Research Team and Mary Friedman is on the Education Research Team which has had two meetings to identify people to interview and questions to ask.…

Coffee and Conversations

*Coffee and Conversations will not meet December 24th.  We hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season!*

Tuesdays at 9:30-10:30am, starting September 3, 2019

Come for conversation with a cup of coffee and a faith presence!  On any given day Faith leaders and community members from Jewish, Episcopal, Catholic, UCC, Lutheran, Methodist, Muslim, Baha’I, and no faith tradition have joined us to talk about life bringing the lens of their sense of the sacred and guiding principles to the table.  Anchored weekly by Pastor Marisa and other interfaith friends.

All are welcome. Please join us as you are able.

Church Without Walls

First Sunday of every month @ 12:00 PM

(December will be the 3rd Sunday-December 15, 2019)

Court Square, Springfield, MA

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 launched and coordinated by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Longmeadow and the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts held with different partner clergy of Episcopal and UCC churches to provide weekly worship with free lunch on Sundays, and supplies on Tuesdays for the homeless including blankets, tents, sleeping bags, rides to medical treatment and more.

Each month First Church Longmeadow partners with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to provide an ecumenical communion worship service with free lunch and snacks to people of the streets in downtown Springfield the first Sunday of every month! 

Join us every month on the first Sunday of the month – Church Without Walls (CWW) 12:00 – 1:00pm in Court Square, Springfield

Next CWW: Sunday December 15, 2019**  

** please note the date change – normally First Church does the first Sunday of the month but for December, Pastor Marisa preaches on the third Sunday:   DECEMBER 15, 2019

Come be with us as we offer a full worship service with communion, followed by lunch for all outdoors – you can help us in distributing communion and serving food, and you will never forget meeting and talking with the folks who come to this amazing street ministry!