Mission

“The purpose of this Church is to come together as Christians to serve God by studying and listening to the Word and living by Christ’s teachings. We are committed to reaching out through prayer, caring, sharing and fellowship.”

— Church Mission Statement

Since 1723, the year after our town was first settled, the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury has been at the heart of our community. We have hosted town meetings in our sanctuary, celebrations and vigils on our church green, and countless other events over our nearly 300-year history.

Today, the church continues to be a vital part of the life of the town. We gather together to worship, learn, serve, and care for one another. Our community is open and welcoming to all, and we invite you to experience a place where God is still speaking, a place of prayer where we can be refreshed by God, a place where mercy and justice are practiced, a place of great music, great youth programs, and great community, a place of joy.

So come join us! Check out our calendar to see what’s going on, sign up for an upcoming service opportunity, let us know how we can pray and care for you, or read about our worship services and what you can expect as a new visitor.

If you are interested in being added to our email distribution with weekly events and programs, please contact the office with your name and email address, to [email protected].

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are always welcome here. We hope to see you soon!

UPDATE: 1/21/20 Letter from our Church Council to the three Martha’s Vineyard churches that conspicuously hang the LGBTQ pride flag and have been tagged with homophobic decals in recent months:

“A member of the Shrewsbury Congregational Church who also attends your church on the
Vineyard during the summer recently brought to our attention a December 4 article in the
Martha’s Vineyard Times under the headline “Homophobic Decals Attached to Vineyard
Churches.”

We, the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury stand shoulder to shoulder with you in
condemning such hateful acts of vandalism and the evil messages they deliver. Furthermore,
we deplore the social and political rhetoric that spawns them. Please accept our sympathy and
prayers that you in the Martha’s Vineyard Faith Community will not be targeted in this manner
any longer. We are so sorry that you have had to endure these incidents, and pray that the
perpetrator(s) will be brought to justice.

Lastly, we stand firm with you in the belief that God loves all of us, regardless of race, gender,
sexual orientation or religious affiliation, and that hate speech has no place in our communities,
but especially not in our sacred houses of Worship.”