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First Congregational Church of Sharon
29 North Main Street, P.O. Box 423

Site Description

The First Congregational Church of Sharon, founded in 1821, is a member Church of the United Church of Christ. The Church serves approximately 200 families. Our Church is located in a traditional New England town center (near the intersection of Rt. 27 and N. Main Street) and is within walking distance of the Sharon train station (although the first train to Sharon on Sunday is 11:29 a.m.). The church is about five minutes from Exit 9 off Rt. 95.Sharon is a small town of 17,000 people representing a diverse range of faiths � we have a very active Jewish community, a Catholic church, two Baptist congregations, a number of Protestant churches and a mosque that serves the regional Muslim community.

Stipend Expectation

This site meets the stipend expectation

Student Involvement

Our Church, in the tradition of Congregationalism, is a very active and self-directed organization run by the parishioners and our two Pastors who offer a shared ministry to our Congregation. Our seminarians have the tremendous opportunity to participate in the life of our Church. We've been a Teaching Parish Church for more than a decade. Our seminarians find they are readily and quickly embraced as a member of our Congregation. Seminarians participate in all parts of our worship service including delivering sermons, offering communion and participating in weddings, baptisms and funerals. The Teaching Parish Committee and Senior Pastor work with seminarians to structure a learning agreement that best fits their field education goals. Seminarians are involved in a combination of education and youth programs, pastoral visits, adult education and bible studies, and community education programs. They learn the "mechanics" of Church committees and the special role a pastor has in creating a shared vision and building consensus. We want students to explore new areas and to feel comfortable embracing new challenges

Commitment to Educating Ministers

Field education is an integral part of our Church's ministry. While we receive many benefits from the time and contributions of our seminarians (including the fact that our new Pastor, Deborah Labonte, was our seminarian for three years), we feel strongly that our obligation is to "give more than we receive." We support our seminarians as they explore their roles as future pastors and as they seek new paths in their own ministry. We feel privileged to be part of a seminarian's journey as they redefine their sense of purpose through the new life they have been called to.

Special Considerations

Our TPC is lead by two co-chairs -- Patricia Walker ... , and Cathy Reed ...

Contact Information

C-Chair Teaching Parish Committee
59 Mansfield Street

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