We are hosting Lucio Perez while he pursues legal efforts to be granted permission to stay in the US with his family. Lucio has been in the United States for almost 20 years since fleeing violence and poverty in Guatemala. He is a respected member of the community, a dedicated father, a hard worker, and a man of deep faith.Learn More
Empowered by God’s Spirit, we commit ourselves to doing God’s work: seeking justice, loving kindness, making peace, and walking humbly together with God.Learn More
First Church families spend a beautiful weekend of fun and fellowship at Craigville.Learn More
We welcome and affirm all people, including people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions into the full life and ministry of the church.Learn More
We are committed to actively caring for God’s creation in the face of climate change and environmental degradation.Learn More
We seek to be a force for the elimination of racism and white privilege. We are engaged in an ongoing process of learning how to help dismantle racism.Learn More
Worship & Communion 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School & Child Care 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Hour After worship
Welcome to First Church Amherst! No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, we are glad you are visiting us and look forward to greeting you in person.What to Expect
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.Who We Are
Join in a discussion as we explore together what it means to identify as Christian, and wonder aloud about whether it is even important to do so. We’ll also talk together about how we live openly and whole-heartedly as Christians. No homework- just come to one, two, or all four gatherings hosted by the GIFT ministry team. October 5 and 20 after worship; October 9 and 23 at 7 p.m. in the lounge.
Saturday, October 5 at 11 a.m. Bring your beloved animal companions -on leash or in a crate- to the front of the church for this annual blessing.
The Youth Group led worship on September 15, sharing moving reflections about their experience at Broad Street Mission in Philadelphia.
Holy Week, the period from Palm/Passion Sunday through Easter Sunday, is a highlight of the church year, a jumble of tradition and emotion, and a collection of powerful and meaningful services. All people–no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey–are welcome to any and all of it.
April 14 is Palm Sunday, a celebration of Jesus’ so-called triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of a young donkey. The people were excited and inspired, and they called Jesus their king and asked him to save him. Meanwhile, the soldiers of the Roman army were entering the city from the opposite direction, a show of military might and human power designed to discourage any rebellious behavior during the Passover festival. Because Jesus and his followers threatened the imperial order, Jesus’ entry also proved a turning point in his life.
Our service will re-enact the glory of Palm Sunday and begin to usher us into Jesus’ passion. The First Church Choir will sing two anthems, we’ll celebrate Communion, and reflect on what it all means.
April 18 is Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and his new commandment that they love one another as he had loved them. Our offerings begin with a Service of Foot-washing at 5:15 in the Chapel. At 6 o’clock all are invited to a simple supper of soup and bread in the Dining Room. At 7 o’clock the solemn and beautiful Service of Tenebrae begins in the Chapel.
April 19 is Good Friday and, as always, we participate in an ecumenical community service. This year’s service will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church in Hadley. It begins at noon.
Easter Sunday is April 21! We’d love to see you for a joyful celebration of resurrection and new life, complete with balloons, glorious music, Communion, and an after-service egg hunt for children.
Come experience the promise, power, and joy of following Jesus!
The First Church Youth Group’s theme for this academic year is Making Mission Meaningful, and will culminate in a week-long visit to Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, PA.
Traditionally, we think of Lent as a time of repentance and surrender, of giving something up so that we might more clearly focus on following Jesus to the cross. It is all that, to be sure—and much more. And . . . what if we flipped, or at least slightly turned, the Lenten script to focus more on following Jesus to new and abundant life beyond the cross (by way of the cross)? What if we allowed the Lenten journey to, in the words of Jan Richardson, bring us “home to who [we] are called to be?” Click to learn more about Lenten events and services.