First Visit

Welcome to the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury!

Since 1723, the year after our town was first settled, the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury has been at the heart of our community. That’s a lot of history, but don’t worry: this church is a place of welcome for all, whether you’re family has been here generations or you’re just meeting us for the first time. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

If this is your first time connecting with our congregation, you might have some questions. Hopefully, this guide will be helpful, but if we’ve left anything out, please feel free to contact us at any time:

Email the Church Office

Call Us: (508) 845-7286

Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 2pm (closed Federal Holidays)

Where Are You Located?

Our church is located at the corner of Church Road and Route 140, just north of the intersection of Main Street and Route 140, on the town common in Shrewsbury, MA. Use the map/link below to get directions. When you arrive, you’ll find parking… (where should I park?)

Address: 19 Church Road, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

What Time Are Your Worship Services?

We worship each Sunday at 9:30 AM.

To join us for worship, enter through the main entrance  which is located at the far end of the parking lot. Our sanctuary is located on the second floor.  As you go through Gifford Hall you will find the sliding doors to the sanctuary.

What do people wear?

Come as you are! On a given Sunday you’ll find a variety of styles on display at our congregation. So wear what you consider appropriate and comfortable. All will be welcome!

What options are available for kids?

Lots! Visit the Children and Youth page for more detailed information about our programs for young people. We offer a staffed nursery for children under 3. Students Pre-K and Kindergarten meet with their classes for the full worship service. Beginning with Grade 1 and up to Grade 9, students start worship with their parents in the sanctuary, and following a short Children’s Message will be dismissed to join their Sunday School Classes. Our teachers will bring them back to you during our fellowship hour after worship.

What happens at Sunday Worship?

Worship is the core experience of the gathered church family. In worship we remember who we are, where we have come from, to whom we are related, and what God wants us to be. To worship is to find comfort and courage, to deepen commitment, and to give thanks. It is a time of praise and prayer and a time to hear the Word of God from scripture and preaching.

Our services typically last about an hour and include music, scripture readings, a sermon, time for prayer, and a passed offering. As a visitor, you are welcome, but not expected, to participate in the offering.

What if I need special assistance for my visit?

If you have questions about special needs for yourself or a family member, please don’t hesitate to email or call the church office (508-845-7286) for assistance. Our building is fully handicapped accessible and we would be happy to assist you in any way that we can.

Where may I find more information about the church?

We have a welcome and visitor center located in our fellowship hall. There you will find printed information about FCC and our denomination, The United Church of Christ. Friendly volunteers are on hand to answer questions, add your name to our mailing list, register your child for Sunday School or guide you on a tour of the building.

How can I get to know people at the church?

There are a number of ways to get to know our welcoming community. First, each Sunday after the service there is a time for coffee/juice and conversation, which is a great way to meet others. In addition to this weekly Fellowship Hour, there are numerous other fellowship opportunities, including small group dinners, hiking groups, and golfing group. Take a look at the Fellowship Opportunities page for more information or at our Calendar to see some upcoming events.

What other ways can I get involved at the church?

First Congregational Church, Shrewsbury offers a lot of opportunities for you to take part in! If you enjoy music, you can join one of our choirs or attend a concert. If you are looking for opportunities for community service, check out our volunteer opportunities and sign up for an event! For more ways to get involved, check out our calendar and see what we’re up to.

How do I let the church know about a pastoral need?

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care or assistance, let us know by calling the church office or one of the ministers. Someone from the church office will be in touch with you very soon to follow up!


If you have any additional questions that we haven’t answered here, please feel free to contact us:

Email the Church Office

Call Us: (508) 845-7286

Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 2pm (closed for Federal Holidays)

We look forward to seeing you soon!