All About US


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

Our Sunday morning traditional worship service is at 10:00 a.m. in our beautiful sanctuary, followed by a fellowship hour with punch, coffee and snacks. (9:30am Service in July and August)

Our church address and telephone number in Somersworth, NH is:

176 West High Street
P.O. Box 228
Somersworth, NH 03878
(603) 692-2057

Email - pastor@somersworthfirstparish.org

     OUR MISSION STATEMENT

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.

We 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 Christian love;
    - be in direct communication with each other, as evidence of this Christian relationship, through shared correspondence and prayer.

We believe these to be only beginning points in what this unfolding relationship will bring into our mutual lives of worship, outreach and nurture.

"And 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

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.

We 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.

THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

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 consciences.

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