In honor of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 11, 2018), First Congregational Church and Temple Shir Tikvah will co-sponsor a beautiful and distinctive string quartet concert in the sanctuary of First Congregational Church, highlighting the powerful works of three composers who perished in the Holocaust – Erwin Schulhoff, Pavel Haas and Leo Smit. Read more…
Each fall, the church hosts the Blessing of the Animals to honor the special animals in our lives. Wherever your pets are on life’s journey, they are welcome to this festive worship service. This year, the service was held across the street on the Town Common, and included brief readings, prayer, and individual blessings for animals on leashes, in cages, in arms, or in a picture.
Families and their pets are grouped in sections by animal to avoid conflicts between our furry friends. If you do not wish to bring your pet, you can bring a picture or a stuffed animal to represent them.
See the Winchester Star’s coverage of our 2016 Blessing of the Animals, as well as the Star’s photo gallery of the event.
A Winchester Tradition! Each year the church hosts a community supper, where families and friends grab a bite together before the tree lighting ceremony across the street on the Town Common. It’s a great way to kick off the the holiday season.
The Service of Light is a community service for those who experience a loss of joy this holiday season. It may be a personal challenge, family grief or community tragedy that calls you forth to light a candle. In this season of the longest night when the heart is heavy with fear, emotional pain, broken dreams, change and transitions, connecting with the season’s message may be difficult. Designed to move from darkness to hope, the music, readings and candle lighting in the warmth of community open us to God’s quiet presence. Read more on the 2016 Service of Light.
Each year on Palm Sunday, our church joins with other local faith communities for the Blessing of the Palms. Held just out front on the Town Common, the Blessing is a wonderful way to join together with fellow Christians to celebrate the start of Holy Week.