At Advent, we enter into a 4-week season of waiting and preparing for Christ’s coming at Christmas. It’s a season of ever-greens and wreaths, of lights and colors, of gifts and sacred story. Join us on Sunday for our annual Hanging of The Greens worship service at 10 AM in the sanctuary and online and learn about these traditions in an interactive festive family service for all.
Please join us on Sunday, December 11 at 10:00 am. for First Congregational Church’s annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, a beloved Advent tradition from England wherein God’s word is proclaimed and contemplated in word and song: a special sequence of readings, prayers, choral anthems, and congregational carols.
Join us in Ripley Chapel for a time of prayer, candle lighting and music. Designed to move from darkness to hope, the service opens us to God’s quiet presence. Read more…
Share in the love, hope, and joy of the Christmas story as the children & youth stage the annual Christmas Pageant during the worship service. Families should look for more information from Maggie about how they can be involved in this year’s pageant.
A beautiful Christmas Eve service with participation from some of our children and the traditional lighting of candles in the darkened sanctuary to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child! Join us in person or on-line.
Our traditional Candlelight Service with scriptural lessons and sacred carols, special music from the choir and a string quartet! We’ll end the service by lighting candles in the darkened sanctuary as we sing together Silent Night Holy Night. Join us in person or on-line.
Intimate, casual, joyous worship in Ripley Chapel. Come in your pajamas if you’d rather not bother with dressing up! Please note—no livestream on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day!
A few spaces remain! Roots and Branches is our new small group initiative. These groups will provide opportunities for deepening faith and friendships and thinking about our world in new ways. Read more and sign up here
Bakers Wanted! Junior Forum and Forum are asking bakers to donate homemade cookies or any number of specialty items such as truffles, seasonal breads, confections, etc., for their annual Cookie Walk. This fundraiser helps support the youth mission trips and service projects. Interested bakers can contact Maggie Keeler with any questions.
We invite our Junior Forum to join us for an evening gathering of food, fun, and fellowship! We will meet in the Forum room for pizza, treats, and games and hang out until 7:15 pm. Link to RSVP
Join us for Progressive Dinner! Forum will move progressively from one house to another to enjoy a multi-course meal, be in community, and sing Christmas carols. Please RSVP if you can join us and/or bring some food to contribute to the festivities.
All church women are invited to an evening of fellowship and peaceful contemplation. As a special gift this Advent season, invite your sisters, mothers, daughters, trans and non-binary individuals and friends to join you-in person or on the livestream…read more
Join us for a time of prayer, candle lighting and music. Designed to move from darkness to hope, the service opens us to God’s quiet presence. Come in the face of life’s challenges, anxieties, and fears. Come when grief or loss disrupts life. Come to remember those whom we hold dear. Come during the rush of the holidays, or invite a friend or loved one facing difficulties. Read more…
CORRECTION: Centering Prayer begins on December 14th in Ripley Chapel at 9:30 am!
You are invited to join in a 20-minute Centering Prayer Meditation in Ripley Chapel or via Zoom. Offer yourself that time of peace and stillness, finding some space for the Spirit to speak to you. You are welcomed to stay for Divine Yoga at 10:00am but do not need to feel any pressure. We’ll begin with a brief prayer, and will sit with the Holy in silence for 20 minutes. At the end, we will depart in silence. Absolutely no meditation experience is required to join. Reach out to Christine Tresselt/cgtresselt@gmail, with any questions.
Beginning at 10:00am, we will meet in Ripley Chapel or via Zoom for a 45-minute gentle practice. Wear comfortable clothes and feel free to bring any blocks/blankets that offer you support. We have a few mats, blocks and cushions to share, as well as several chairs, so please come! You do not need to be an expert yogi–it is a practice for all! Feel free to reach out to Christine Tresselt for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Outreach Commission sponsors these annual events. Please participate in any or all of the collections as the spirit of the season moves you. Donations should be dropped off at the church.
During the holiday season, our church provides gifts to some of our neighbors. This year we will provide gifts for children and youth at Woburn Council for Social Concerns and YVLifeSet in Arlington. We are also collecting warm socks for the for the men and women who call the Lowell Transitional Living Center home. Read more and sign up to bring a gift
Bakers Wanted! Junior Forum and Forum are asking bakers to donate nut-free cookies, truffles, seasonal muffins and confections for their annual Cookie Walk on Sunday, December 11th. This fundraiser helps support the youth mission trips and service projects.
Please label baked goods with your name and ingredients and drop them off in Chidley Hall before the service on Sunday, Dec 11th. The youth will box assorted goodies to be purchased during hospitality hour after the service for $10/dozen. We hope to create gluten-free boxes for those with food sensitivities too. Contact Maggie Keeler with any questions.
Orders are due by Wed. Dec. 14. If you would like to donate a chancel Christmas poinsettia as a memorial, or in honor of someone, please fill out this form. You can mail a check to the church office, use Venmo, or PayPal. (Please indicate “Christmas plants” in the memo field). New this year are special Flower Offering envelopes in the narthex and office lobby. The plants are $20 each.
Spread Christmas Joy by delivering a poinsettia to a member of our faith community at home and in a local care center. Plants will be available on Saturday, December 18 in the front of the sanctuary. Deliveries can be made on Sunday or during the first few days of the week.
We support The Dwelling Place in Woburn every third Saturday, providing dinner and hospitality to those in need of a meal. Thanks for supporting this outreach to our community! Sign up as a family, find a few others in our church community to join you, or simply ‘come as you are’ and enjoy serving with others!
Please lend a hand this holiday season with the Outdoor Church. There are many ways you can make a difference! On January 29, we will receive donated ingredients, make sandwiches and send them with a few church members to Cambridge. You can participate this holiday season by filling up our sock collection bins in the lobby. Place new in package white tube socks for men and women in the bins so the team can distribute them in January.