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2015-2016
First Congregastional Church in Amherst
165 Main Street
Amherst
MA
1002
Email
Email: 
Firstchurch_amherst@comcast.net
Phone
Phone: 
413-253-3456

Site Description

First Congregational Church, UCC, in Amherst, is a worshiping community of people who affirm their faith in and commitment to Jesus Christ, who learn together what it means to live under God, who care for one another and share God's mission of love, peace, justice, and wholeness in the world. We are an Open and Affirming church which welcomes all persons, regardless of race, gender, socio-economic status, ethnic background, age, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status or physical or mental ability.First Churchers are a family and community that seek to identify how “God is Still Speaking” in our lives, our community, and our world at this time in history. Some of us are in our eighties and nineties, and some of us have just been born, the rest of us are all ages in-between. We are gay, straight, bi-sexual, married, single, divorced, and widowed. Some of us have children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, adopted children, and no children. Sometimes we cry, sometimes we fight. We wrestle with the spirit in us and surrounding us. We forgive, we love, and most certainly we laugh. Some of us are athletic and climb mountains and white water canoe, and some of us have all we can do to get out of bed because of our aches and pains. We come from all over the Pioneer Valley. Some of us walk to worship, some of us drive, some of us arrive by van, some on the Applewood Bus, and some the PVTA bus. We tend on the average to be on the liberal end of both the theological and political continuum. We are committed to Anti-Racism, Peace, and saving our Environment. We are proud to say that we are one of the first Open and Affirming congregations of the United Church of Christ.Our history goes back to 1739 when a group of Hadley villagers started a new community and a new church. We are still on the move. During the last few years we have been planning for a new adventure for the 21st Century. In February 2008, after a great deal of metaphorical sorting and discarding, we set forth. We are creating a church culture that is true to the scriptures, relevant to our times, and consistent with who we are and who we want to be.We have re-invented a new structure for how we worship, pray, work and play together, based on two Practices and five Foundations.Practice 1 Every Member Ministry Each of us in the Church is a lay minister. We take the gospel message of love and justice into world. Practice 2 Small Group Life Through the continuation of existing groups and the creation of new groups, small group life in the church will be on-going, with many varieties and opportunities for small groups available to all. Small groups may be organized around any of the Five Foundations: Spiritual Life, Community Life and Care, Transformative Learning, Lay Ministry in the World/Social Justice, and Stewardship of Resources.

Stipend Expectation

This site does not meet the stipend expectation

Student Involvement

The student will have the opportunity to work within the daily operation of the church to include planning and leading worship, preaching, pastoral care and visitation, participating and leading Bible studies, helping to design and participate in special worship services to include Taize, inter-faith, healing, etc., social action in the community, and many others. The seminarian and the teaching parish committee will work together to set goals and to establish feedback procedures that will address specific areas of the seminarian’s growth.

Commitment to Educating Ministers

Although a new site, this Congregation has always been dedicated to the development of ministry within the church. We are blessed to have several retired Ministers and are committed to education of our members. We are committed to life-long education and offer many opportunities for growth in our faith within our congregation.

Special Considerations

This site requires off-site supervision

Contact Information

Vicki
Kemper
Title
Title: 
Reverend
165 Main St.
Amherst
MA
1002
Phone
Phone: 
413-253-3456

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