Drawn together by the Holy Spirit, First Parish Church is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church joining faith and action. We affirm a commitment to the extravagant hospitality of The United Church of Christ, within the historical Congregationalist tradition. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. We invite you to explore your faith, to experience the embrace of a welcoming community, and to strengthen your personal relationship with God made known through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In 1620, when our spiritual forebears prepared to leave Europe for the New World, their pastor, John Robinson, sent them off with this historic commission: “God has yet more light and truth to break forth out of God’s Holy Word.” God continues to illumine our faith in fresh ways, so that together we proclaim our faith in the Still Speaking God.
The United Church of Christ acknowledges as its sole head, Jesus Christ, Son of God and Savior. It acknowledges as kindred in Christ all who share this confession. It looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures, and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world. It claims as its own the faith of the historic Church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant Reformers. It affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God. In accordance with the teaching of our Lord and the practice prevailing among evangelical Christians, it recognizes two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion.