Mission & ONA
“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
“We, the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, endeavor to live out the Great Commandment by loving, welcoming and affirming all people. We welcome and affirm everyone including people of all gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, ages, races, cultures, family configurations, economic circumstances, physical, cognitive and emotional abilities, educational levels, spiritual and religious traditions. We invite all to share in the Christian life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, blessings joys of our church family. We publicly commit ourselves to the ongoing work of being an open and affirming (ONA) congregation, listening to the still-speaking voice of God. We shall strive to fulfill this affirmation with God’s grace, journeying together in Christian faith.”
— Open and Affirming 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!