Worship Service

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 visitor parking next to Mountain View Cemetery, close to the main entrance.

Address: 19 Church Road, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

 

What time is your worship service?

We worship each Sunday at 9:30am.

Come relax and join us from 9:15am-11:15am any Sunday to join us for worship followed by coffee and conversation. Enter through our main entrance with the Welcome banner, which is located at the far end of the parking lot. Take the elevator or walk up one flight of stairs. Follow the hallway to Gifford Hall, which is bustling with activity on Sunday mornings. The sanctuary entrance is across Gifford Hall, through the set of double doors, where you will be greeted by our friendly ushers.

The sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month.  All are welcome to participate. Parents who feel their children are ready, may bring them to Communion. Speak with someone at the church Welcome Center or at the coffee table during coffee hour if you’d like information or want to get involved with others.

The sacrament of Baptism is celebrated during worship services throughout the year and can be arranged by calling the church office (508-845-7286).

What do people wear?

Life is busy and we understand that you may have somewhere to go after church. Wear what works for you. We want you to feel comfortable worshiping with us, whether that means dressing up, business attire, upscale casual, casual, jeans, sporty, etc. All are welcome here and we invite you to come as you are!

What options are available for kids?

Lots! We offer a staffed nursery for children under 3 which is open before the church service begins.  All other children start worship with their parents in the sanctuary, and following a short Children’s Message will be dismissed to participate in the Kid Zone fun program while adults enjoy the church service. Our youth leaders will bring the children to you in Gifford Hall during our coffee fellowship time 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 just over an hour and include music, scripture readings, a sermon, time for prayer, and a passed offering. The first Sunday of each month includes Communion. Visitors and members 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, known as Gifford Hall. There you will find printed information about our church 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 the Kid Zone (formerly 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/lemonade and conversation, which is a great way to meet others and ask questions. In addition to this weekly Fellowship time, there are numerous other fellowship opportunities, including Golf Group, Hands for Hope, Care Team, Mustard Seed, Soup Sunday, Appetizer Sunday, numerous Social Circles sponsored events throughout the year, Leah Circle, Martha Circle, and many ministries and committees to choose from if you want to volunteer with other people on an ongoing basis.

What other ways can I get involved at the church?

First Congregational Church of 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 the pastor. 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

We look forward to seeing you soon!