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Whatever God has in store for you,

know that whoever you are . . . or wherever you are . . . on your journey of life,

you are always welcomed here!

We are glad and grateful that you are with us, and we hope that your experience here enriches your life.

Over the decades, First Church has been known as the “friendly church on the hill”. Rich in tradition and history, First Church is also importantly aware that we, the people, need to be rich in the “gifts of the spirit” – “love, joy, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22).

On behalf of our entire congregation, I warmly welcome you to First Church Congregational! Worship with us on Sunday mornings at 10 AM, bring your children to the renowned non-denominational Chapel Pre-School during the week, enjoy a delicious homemade turkey dinner at our annual community George Washington Birthday Dinner or simply stop by to say “Hello.Whatever God has in store for you, know that whoever you are . . . or wherever you are . . . on your journey of life, you are always welcomed here!


FCC is the beautiful and majestic stone church you see on the hill in the heart of Methuen. Our sanctuary houses the famous LeFarge Resurrection window as well as a James E. Treat organ donated by the estate of Edward F. Searles in 1922. And while our church is old, dating back to 1729, our thinking is not. As a member church of the United Church of Christ, we believe and expect that God is still-speaking and is actively leading us into today’s world to live out the good news of Jesus Christ.


We are a mainstream Protestant church in the reformed tradition and are intentionally inclusive. Our congregation is very active and opens its arms –wide! – to anyone who yearns to grow in faith, enjoy warm fellowship and serve our neighbors, near and afar. We celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion the first Sunday of each month. Also, Christian Education classes are offered each Sunday for ages 3 through High School!


If inspirational music, an outstanding youth program and an emphasis on making a difference in the world appeal to you, pay us a visit. Come and see what God is doing here at 26 Pleasant St!



Pastor Bill Ingraham

We invite you to journey with our church family in ways of your choosing in order to share in the life of the Spirit, and to co-create with the Head of First Church, Jesus Christ, a spirited and spiritual future.

As you explore this web site, you will find many opportunities for Christian ministry and fellowship which combine to make us who we are. Both members and friends participate in the life of the church as we minister to the local community and beyond.

We extend a warm invitation to you to visit or re-visit us
at your earliest convenience.

Enter to Worship – Depart to Serve

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