Since 1634, First Trinitarian Congregational Church has sought to nurture faith in Christ through adherence to truth, devotion to love, and promotion of justice. In the 21st Century, we seek to continue being faithful to Christ by:
- Worshiping God with a joyful blend of spoken word, music & prayer;
- Welcoming all and celebrating diversity;
- Providing a safe haven for children and adults to learn and grow in faith;
- Actively seeking to know and support one another;
- Responding to God’s love in a spirit of generosity;
- Striving to be the hands and heart of Christ in our world;
In all things we wish to: “Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly and love extravagantly.” (1 Corinthians 13:13, paraphrased)
We Celebrate And Welcome All
Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!
We are an “Open and Affirming” congregation. This declaration means that we “seek to include all persons, embracing differences of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, age, mental and physical ability, as well as racial, ethnic, and socio-economic background.”
What does “FTCC” mean?
First Trinitarian Congregational Church is a long name with a lot of history! Centuries ago, there was one church in each town. FTCC dates back to 1634 and was once affiliated with what is now the Unitarian Universalist Church. At one time, they (together) were the first church in town. A disagreement about beliefs led to a split and one church became the First Parish Unitarian (signifying one single God , while FTCC became the First Trinitarian (signaling Father, Son, and Spirit). Congregational is one ‘brand’ of church and the Congregational Church merged with three other denominations in 1957 to form the United Church of Christ (UCC), of which FTCC is a member. Our governance is congregational (small ‘c’), meaning that here, the power flows up from the local congregation to the national denomination. While some churches have headquarters that dictate policies and procedures, in the UCC, we are autonomous while still be in covenantal relationship with each other church and the entire denomination. We own our property and hire our staff.