Our Church

First Church welcomes all, no matter where you are on your faith journey.  Our affiliation with the United Church of Christ aligns with our non-doctrinal attitudes and diverse theological views.  We believe God is Still Speaking in today’s world.  We follow the teaching of Jesus Christ and worship God through traditional spiritual practices, education, mission, and ministry.  All are welcome to join us as we seek to bring forth the kingdom of God to this time and place.

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 new 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.

Each Sunday, except summer and school vacation weeks, children join the first part of our service and then attend Sunday School downstairs in our classrooms.  All children are invited to participate in the bible lesson, games and crafts any Sunday that they are able to attend. On the first Sunday of each month, our congregation celebrates communion. On these Sundays children begin in Sunday School and join the congregation for communion later in the service.

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 group knits items for the homeless, for hospital programs, and others in need.  During our Advent white gift service we collect Christmas gifts for individuals and families in need in Millbury.  We also sponsor dinners with the women living at Rhodes House – Road to Recovery.

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.