Who We Are
Whoever you are, wherever you are on life's journey,
you are welcome here.
The 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.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:11)
We, the congregation of the First Church of Monson, are called to be a welcoming community, instructed by Jesus to love God and our neighbors as we love ourselves. We declare that we are an Open and Affirming Church, welcoming people of all races; ethnicities; ages; sexual orientations; gender identities and expressions; physical, cognitive, or emotional abilities; faith backgrounds; economic circumstances; and family structures. All are invited to share and to participate in the leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, blessings, and joys of our church family. We will provide a safe haven—physically, emotionally, and spiritually – for all those whom God sends to us. (Approved February 5, 2023)
All are invited to become covenant members and to participate fully in the life of the Church.
The mission of the First Church of Monson is to praise God through prayer, to share the word and love of God by promoting fellowship and community, and to serve as stewards of God's creation - all in a manner that glorifies God and emulates Christ.
The First Church of Monson is a covenantal member of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a denomination of over 5,600 congregations with over 1.2 million members throughout North America. The UCC is both old and new in its history; it was formed in 1957 by the union of two merged faith traditions, the Congregation Christian Churches and the Evangelical Reformed Church. The First Church of Monson is also a member of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ (SNEUCC) and the Hampden Association of the Southern New England Conference.