First Parish United Church of Christ
(Congregational) "An Open and Affirming Church" welcomes
you into its ministry with Christ!
We are glad to have you visit our church
site on the Internet, and to be able to tell you about its ministries.
Our purpose is to be a loving congregation
of Christians, open to all newcomers. We seek to know God personally, as God
is revealed to us through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Our church
believes in an accepting environment where individual believers have the
freedom to be at different theological places on their spiritual journeys.
WHEN WE WORSHIP
Per the recommendations of the CDC and the State of New Hampshire to limit gatherings and to keep our church family safe, First Parish United Church of Christ Somersworth is suspending our in-building worship services and onsite committee meetings. We would ask the community to keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for updates. We will be posting a weekly worship service on Facebook and hope to have regular Prayer Spots on Facebook Live as well. The Community Food Pantry, hosted at First Parish, will remain open and continue to provide services to those in need.
Our church address and telephone number in
Somersworth, NH is:
176 West High Street
P.O. Box 228
The avowed purpose of this church shall
be to worship God, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, to celebrate the
sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism, to realize Christian fellowship and
unity within this church and the Church Universal, to render loving service
toward the human family, and to strive for righteousness, justice and peace.
desire in this partnership effort to:
- reach a fuller understanding of what it means to be
sisters and brothers in Christ;
- share our cultures and establish a relationship based on
- be in direct communication with each other, as evidence
of this Christian relationship, through shared correspondence and prayer.
believe these to be only beginning points in what this unfolding relationship
will bring into our mutual lives of worship, outreach and nurture.
this we do always depending upon the love of God, the grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit."
FIRST PARISH UNITED CHURCH
OF CHRIST (CONGREGATIONAL) Open and Affirming Statement
THE UNITED CHURCH
We, the members of the United Church of Christ (Congregational), joyfully welcome all who seek
to know God in Jesus Christ under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In declaring ourselves as an Open and Affirming Church, we
celebrate the sacredness of every person as a child of God.
welcome all following Jesus' example, including persons of every age, gender, race, national origin, faith background, marital status,
and family structure, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, economic and social status,
and educational background, to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments of baptism and communion,
and rites of marriage and funerals.
Through the responsibilities and blessings of being in church
community together, we pledge to oppose discrimination and work for justice and inclusion of all persons as we journey in faith.
Our congregation is a part of the
denomination known as the United Church of Christ. We are
also affiliated with the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ.
The United Church of Christ is a 1957 merger of
the Congregational-Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed
Churches. Through these historic denominations the UCC dates its origins back
to the beliefs and principals of the 16th century Protestant Reformation and
to New England where the Pilgrims and Puritans established the freedom to
worship God according to the dictates of their own individual
The above Internet links are provided as a service. The content of any linked
website outside the First Parish Church site does not necessarily reflect the
views of the church