If you’re looking for a church that is committed to making and promoting peace in the world (and trying to discern what that means in specific situations), please check us out. We have been a Just Peace church since 1987, and we love to welcome others who are longing for peace.Learn More
For three and one-half years we offered sanctuary to Lucio Perez. Thanks be to God, Lucio now has a temporary stay of deportation and is home with his family.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
Click here for more information about Holy Week and Easter at First Church.
It brings us great joy to celebrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas, and we’d love to share that joy with you! Here are some of the special events coming up:
December 4, Second Sunday of Advent God Meets Us in Our Fear + Trimming the Tree
December 11, Third Sunday of Advent We Can Choose a Better Way
December 18, Fourth Sunday of Advent We See God in Each Other + Lessons & Carols
December 21, 7 o’clock Longest Night Service
Christmas Eve: 4 o’clock Pageant Service
9 o’clock Meditative service with Communion
Christmas Day, 10:30 Short, joyful service on Zoom
Except for the late Christmas Eve and the Christmas morning services, all services are both in person and live-streaming on our YouTube channel. The late Christmas Eve service will be in person only, and the brief Christmas morning service will be offered only on YouTube.
We are so excited to be celebrating Easter in person for the first time since 2019, and we would love to welcome you to this special service!
The service begins at 10:30, and will feature majestic organ pieces, two anthems sung by the First Church Choir (their first time singing in worship since 2019), Communion, a special children’s sermon, Sunday School and, at the end of the service, an outdoor egg hunt for children.
Masks are required, but we have found that continuing to wear masks for a while longer helps us all to feel Covid-safe and makes it possible for more vulnerable folks to worship with us in person.
The service will also be live-streamed on our YouTube channel, but we’d love to see your face!
For we are what God has crafted, cerated in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand to be our path.— Ephesians 2:10
By tradition, Lent is a season of intentional focus on spiritual healing and renewal, a holy invitation to draw closer to God by following Jesus’ path of self-giving love. The Year W lectionary readings we’ll be using this season also invite us to consider and celebrate how we fit into the big picture of God’s extravagant love, which is to say: what our lives and our church are meant for.
These are the same questions we have been asking in our Alive with Purpose process. What joy there will be in bringing together in one rich season the gifts of Lent, our personal faith journeys, and the discernment of our purpose as a church!
There’s much more information about this in this Register and to come—about a Lent Challenge, Lent Lunches, a Lent Bible Study, reflection questions, and an inspiring touchstone. The heart of our journey together will be the time we spend in prayer, worship, and holy conversation. Please plan now to take on the challenge, and to participate in as much as you can!
(All services and events will be offered in a hybrid format, with in-person participation strongly encouraged and online options available via YouTube or Zoom.)
Ash Wednesday, March 2, 7 p.m.: Made for Wholeness
First Sunday in Lent, March 6: Made for Partnership
Second Sunday in Lent, March 13: Made for Good
Third Sunday in Lent, March 20: Made for More
Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 27: Made for Love
Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 3: Made for Joy
Palm/Passion Sunday, April 10: Made for Redemption
Maundy Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m.: Made for Communion
Good Friday, April 15: Made for Faithfulness (location, time, and format TBD)
Easter Sunday, April 17: Made for Life