The First Congregational Church of Hadley is a community guided by love, hope and Christian tradition. Our purpose is to help transform the lives of individuals through the power of Jesus Christ, so that together we might transform the world. Inspired by Jesus’ example, we recognize that every individual comes to our table with a unique set of needs, talents, and experiences, and that everyone has value to our mission.
We therefore declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming community of Christian faith. We warmly welcome all to engage with us in our mission, regardless of age, economic status, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity or expression, marital standing, national origin, physical and mental health status, race, sexual orientation, or any other label that would seek to divide rather than to unite. With God’s grace, we invite all to share in the life and leadership, ministry and fellowship, worship and sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of our church.
August 7: We will worship at First Church Hadley, 102 Middle Street. Worship service will begin at 10 a.m. Please join us as we welcome the folks from North Hadley and celebrate communion by intinction.
August 14 - Blessing of the Animals This family-friendly, outdoor worship, to be held in the backyard of the church, is to honor and bless our beloved pets and farm animals. Bring your favorite pet to be blessed—your dog, cat, frog, goat, or whatever pet is dear to you. If you are unable to bring your pet, bring a photo. Children may bring their stuffed animals to be blessed. You are also welcome to bring a cow or sheep from your farm so that through this one animal your whole herd or flock will be blessed.
August 21 - Worship at Ken & Judy Parker’s home Join us for the annual outdoor church service followed by brunch at Ken and Judy Parker's home (118 Mt. Warner Rd. in Hadley). All are welcome to this family event and we invite you to bring your friends. An egg dish, juice and coffee will be provided. We ask you to bring a dish to share (fruit, salad, coffee cake, muffins are just some of the suggestions). Please also bring a lawn chair. You are welcome to bring a swimsuit so you can enjoy the large pool. Be prepared to join in the fun after worship even if it is a pick-up game on the lawn. Come, enjoy worship and each other’s company and stay as long as you like in an informal atmosphere.
August 28 - Guest Minister, The Rev. Dr. Peter Ives Please join us in welcoming our guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Peter Ives, the former pastor of First Churches in Northampton. He will be preaching a sermon on “What is Your Life?” This sermon is based on his new book by the same name.
September 4 - Guest Minister, The Reverend Scott Barton
SONday School News (Preschool - Grade 5)
2016 AUGUST SONday School Calendar:
8/7 10am First Church God Takes Care of Us in Egg-cellent ways
8/14 10am First Church Children's Prayer Project
8/21 10am Parkers' House TBA
8/28 10am First Church The Woman at the Well