First Congregational Church

165 Main St, Amherst, MA


No Matter Who You Are or Where You Are on Life's Journey, You're Welcome Here

165 Main Street Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002-2333
Phone 413-253-3456                     Fax 413-256-1248

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Drawing Nearer

Even in the midst of all of this, trouble on the news, no peace within,
still there is a light in the distance
drawing nearer, drawing nearer.

So, open up our eyes to see your light,
open up our arms, they’re clenched so tightly,
come in like a thief and steal our hearts
like a baby, like a baby.

So often we think the spiritual life is all about us. But it’s not. As this Advent hymn by Christopher Grundy reminds us, a big part of the Christian journey involves opening ourselves up to what God is doing. In the world. For us. In us. Through us.

Advent reminds us that God’s love breaks into our world and into our lives in the most unpredictable ways, that God draws nearer to us through the most unlikely people. Like a baby. So let us draw nearer to the God who draws nearer to us, wherever we are. Even now, in the midst of all of this.

November 30, First Sunday in Advent:
Drawing Nearer to Hope Special music by Gail Weirick

Friday, December 5, 6 p.m.:
Youth and Family supper Hanging of the Greens

December 7, Second Sunday in Advent:
Drawing Nearer to Peace Trimming the tree; children’s choir; music by the Joyful Noises

December 14, Third Sunday in Advent:
Drawing Nearer to Joy The First Church Choir

December 21, Fourth Sunday in Advent:
Drawing Nearer to Love A Service of Lessons and Carols The First Church Choir

December 21, 7 p.m.:
Longest Night Service and bonfire

Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve:
Drawing Nearer 5 p.m.: Pageant, carols, candlelight and cookies 9 p.m.: Meditative service with candles and communion

"Here at the Start Still at the Heart"....Celebrating our 275th Anniversary

As part of our celebration of 275 years we are working on plans to upgrade our building. Attached are links to pdf files of plans representative of design plans put forth by our Architects "Robert Olson & Associates Architects".

Basis of Design
Presentation one pdf
Presentation two pdf

Ongoing Commitment to Anti-Racism