Welcome to the First Congregational Church of Hadley!

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.

The First Congregational Church of Hadley, Massachusetts seeks a part-time Christian Education Director to further develop vibrant and engaging Sunday School and Youth programs. We are looking for an individual who will bring energy and innovative ideas to help grow our Christian Education program. We seek someone who will be a role model for the children and youth, and is passionate about planting the seeds of faith. Click here to read the job description.

Upcoming Events

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 KJV

The annual Christmas Pageant presented by the church school studdents will be held during the worship service on December 11th.

All are welcome to join us for the Christmas Eve Worship Service of Lessons, Carols and Special Music at 7:00 pm on December 24.

On Christmas morning, there will be an informal service at 8:30 AM in the dining room. Rev. Christina will read a story, and carols and hymns will be sung.

The worship service on Jan 1st, will include: a continental breakfast, a brief pastoral message, hymns and carols and will be held in the dining room.

WALKING THROUGH ADVENT BIBLE STUDY — WEDNESDAYS AT NOON IN DECEMBER
Advent is a time of hope, anticipation, and wonder as we wait for Jesus’ light to come into the world once again. Journey deeper into the meaning of Advent this year by attending this three-week Bible study that will contemplate the themes and meaning of Advent. Bring your bagged lunch and join us for this noontime Advent Bible study as we creatively encounter God’s presence this time of year through scripture, different activities, questions, and prayer. Sessions will go from 12 p.m. to about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7  – Waking into Advent, Dec. 14 – Welcomed and Prepared, Dec. 21 – Stirring the Spirit

Adults Christmas Party Saturday Night, December 10th, 6:00pm at the church with a potluck meal and Yankee Swap. Roast pork and roast beef will be provided. Each person/ family is asked to bring either a vegetable, salad or dessert to complete the meal. Each person is asked to bring a wrapped item, the price not to exceed $10.00 for the "swap."  The gift can be new or used - a "white elephant," a gag gift - a serious gift or whatever you come up with. The cost for a wonderful evening of fun, fellowship and good food is just $7.50 per person. Reservations are a must and can be made with Ken Parker (at that time please specify what category of food you are bringing).  Any questions, speak with Judy or Ken Parker.

COOKIE WALK AND PIEROGI SALE    Saturday, December 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
$12/per container (approximately 2 1/2 dozen homemade cookies)
$12 /dozen of jumbo pierogi (frozen)

SHEPHERDS – CARING COMPANIONS

Do you enjoy extending God’s love to others? Do you enjoy offering a listening ear and a caring heart to the elderly and the convalescing? Do you have skills you would want to offer to a single parent, the ill, those with physical limitations, and those experiencing a crisis? Would you consider making a meal, driving, housecleaning, running errands, writing a card, or doing an odd job that requires special skills? If any of these questions piqued your interest, please contact Rev. Christina at pastorchristina2846@gmail.com.

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When severe weather threatens, please tune in to channel 40 (WGGB.com) or channel 22 (WWLP.com) to check for cancellations of worship services or other events.

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