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SERVE AT CHURCH

Doing God's work offers joy to those we serve and to ourselves. You’ll find a number of ways to serve our congregation such as joining the knitting ministry that makes prayer shawls for the convalescing, hats for the homeless, and newborn caps for area hospitals. You can get involved in working with the children and youth in the classroom or on special outings and trips, or get involved with various mission projects. If you like music, join our choir or handbell choir. If being involved in big events is your thing, you can help with our annual Strawberry & Asparagus dinner, the Cookie Walk, or fall tag sale. You are welcome to try out your leadership skills on one of our committees, lead an adult learning class, or become a deacon and get involved in worship. Many opportunities abound!

SERVE LOCALLY

In the spirit of acting locally, service to others within our community is an essential part of our ministry. If you are interested in any of these opportunities to serve, please contact the church office at 413-584-4117 for more information.

Take and Eat 
On the first Saturday of each month volunteers prepare and deliver a nutritious and delicious meal for residents of Hadley who are in need of assistance with meal preparation. Volunteers are always welcome! If you know of someone who might enjoy our delicious meals, please contact the church office.


Hadley Food Pantry
Our church partners with the local Catholic church to run the Hadley Food Pantry. It is open every Sunday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for Hadley residents. We welcome volunteers to staff the food pantry on Sundays. Food and/or money donations are always welcome and gladly received.


Cathedral in the Light
Cathedral in the Light is a community-based, inclusive, outdoor Christian worship that gathers in the heart of Greenfield on the Common at 2 p.m. every Sunday—rain or shine, sleet or snow. Twice a year, on Mission Sunday, we prepare a meal and serve it to this outdoor community, participate in worship and help clean up.


Relay for Life
Relay for Life is the world’s largest fundraising event for cancer. Team participants show their support for those affected by cancer and raise money for the American Cancer Society by taking turns walking around a track over a 24-hour period. Every June, you’ll find many of our church members doing their part to help support this cause.


Habitat for Humanity – The House That Faith Built
Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity seeks to build three zero-net energy homes off Glendale Road in Northampton. Our church is apart of an interfaith coalition raising $30,000 for one of those homes. Making a donation, getting involved in fundraising, and/or volunteering to help build a home are all ways to get involved.


Meals for Lucio Perez in Sanctuary

Lucio Perez, an immigrant and Springfield resident, lived in sanctuary at the First Congregational Church in Amherst from October 2017 to March 2021. A network of faith communities and organizations assisted in providing Lucio meals and hospitality. Our church provided weekly meals on a rotating basis with other faith communities.


Monetary Support

In addition, we support the following local organizations through monetary donations:

Amherst Survival Center

Safe Passage

Not Bread Alone

Food Bank of Western MA

Service Net (cot-shelter program)

Hadley Food Pantry

Cathedral in the Night

Cathedral in the Light

Amherst Community Connection

SERVE GLOBALLY

We believe all God’s people and creation should share in abundant life. We proudly support a number of nationwide and worldwide mission and outreach programs listed below. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 413-584-4117 for more information.

UCC "One Great Hour of Sharing"

UCC "Neighbors in Need"

UCC "Our Wider Mission"

Heifer International

Through Child Fund International we sponsor a child in Guatemala