Visiting First Church
First Church of Monson is an active and historic Protestant church, located up the hill from Monson Center. Founded in 1762, First Church has been a light to the Monson community. Our church is old, but our thinking is not.
We look forward to greeting you and welcoming you into our midst.
Where do I go? The handicap parking lot is on the corner of High Street and Fountain Street. The easiest access to the church is through the High Street door, which is equipped with a wheelchair ramp. The regular parking lot is located across from the Church on High Street.
Is the church accessible? First Church tries to be accessible to all. Large print bulletins, hearing assistive devices, a wheelchair ramp, accessible restrooms, and an elevator are all available to anyone who needs them.
What do I wear? Whatever makes you comfortable. Some members get more dressed up, some less.
What about my kids? Children are always welcome at all our services. We feel our worship is enhanced by their joyful sounds and participation. Church school and nursery care are provided from September-June. Children’s programming happens downstairs. We begin with everyone at worship, and the kids are dismissed to their classes after the children’s message. Click here to visit the children's ministry page.
Breakfast on Sundays? Yes! Everyone is invited to breakfast before church on the Second Sunday of each month from September-June. Breakfast is served at 8:30. Click here to learn more.
What are your services like? Sunday worship happens at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary, located on the main level of the church.
Our services begin with instrumental music, a time for welcome and community announcements, and the opportunity to greet each other during the passing of the peace.
We call ourselves to worship and invite God into our midst during the Morning Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer. The congregation has the opportunity to raise prayers of joy or concern during the prayers of the people.
Part of the worship experience is hearing the Word. Pastor Peter’s sermons are based on scripture and reflect on how we as a church might live today.
Can I receive communion? Yes! The sacrament of Holy Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month and at other times. Everyone is invited to partake of this sacrament.
What about music? During the service, our choir, soloists and other ensembles offer special sacred music. The church choir sings on most Sundays, except in the summer. You will hear our historic Wm. Johnson & Son Opus 781 (1892) pipe organ, and you will also hear music from other instruments as well. The congregation has a long history of excellent music in worship which continues today.
At the end of the service, Pastor Peter is available to greet you at the front of the church.
When do we eat again? Following the Sunday service, everyone is invited to a time of fellowship. Just follow the crowd at the front of the church.