Our Church

This statement is an expression of the spirit in which this church interprets the Word of God:

Statement of Faith of the United Church of Christ

We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother to whose deeds we testify.

God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image and sets before each one the ways of life and death.

God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

God judges all humanity and nations by God's righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.

God bestows upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the Church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues and races.

God calls the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.

God promises to all who trust in the Gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in the realm which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.

Amen.

 

Our music program provides traditional worship music during Sunday Service.  Our choir welcomes new members throughout the year and enjoys partnering with our congregation’s children and introducing them to the love of music and the praise of God through music.

First Church is currently building our music program for the future.  Our music director, Joyce Carpenter-Henderson, is excited to work with our choir, church members and Sunday School to offer many opportunities for all to share our love of music.

We believe the spirit of mission runs through each of us and we support the programs to which our members feel called.  We celebrate God through the sharing of our time, talents, and treasures in various community projects including affiliations with the Millbury Food Bank, Worcester Fellowship, and Grace’s Garments.  Our knitting/crocheting group provides Visitation House of Worcester with baby blankets and hats for the infants, hats for the children in need of warmth at Elmwood St. School, and scarfs for Grace's Garments for those in need of warmth in town.  White Gift Service provides  children of Elmwood St. School  with their Christmas Wish list and Goretti gift cards to the Millbury Senior Center to distribute to those seniors in need.

First Church has a rich history with the town of Millbury.  The ‘Lord’s Barn’ established in 1747 served Sutton until 1804 when Gen. Caleb Burbank built the present church building in Sutton in 1804.  The members of the church petitioned Boston and were granted permission to have North Parish of Sutton become the town of Millbury and the first town meeting was held at First Congregational Church of Millbury on July 1, 1813.  The church was moved to its current location in 1835 to serve the workers at the booming mills.

Our ancestors were people of change and progress. With the installation of our first woman minister in 1990 and the inclusion of gay weddings in our sanctuary in 2005, this generation continues to carry forward that spirit today.  Although the role of the church has changed over the decades, we believe that ‘To be Church” we must continue to offer everyone in our community opportunities to be in communion with God; to serve humanity; and to grow in our faith through Jesus Christ in God’s kingdom here on earth today.