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      First Congregational Church of Millbury

At First Congregational Church, as we say in our Mission Statement, "we welcome and inspire all through faith, love, and fellowship according to Christ’s example.”  We believe that each person is a beloved child of God, created in God’s image.  We believe that God came in Jesus Christ to show us how to love one another, and accept each person with each one's different gifts.  If you’re looking for a church home, we would welcome you warmly.  Our services of worship are Sundays at 10 AM.  For further information, see our website and Facebook information below.

Rev. Elva Merry Pawle began her ministry with us on September 4 of this year. A graduate of Duke University and Andover Newton Theological School, she has served churches in eastern and western Massachusetts for nearly two decades. Here is how Pastor Elva describes her approach to ministry:

"My ministry is grounded in a deep conviction that we are made in the image of God. Since God is love, we reflect God's image when we live in loving relationship, making connections with one another that convey God's compassion and care. These interpersonal connections can be as simple as a kind greeting to the clerk in the supermarket, or as profound as a conversation between friends who have known each other many years. I believe that churches are, so to speak, schools for loving relationships. In worship and fellowship, we experience God’s love in Jesus Christ, and we learn how to share that love with others."

148 West Main Street, Millbury, MA 01527
Office Phone : (508) 865-9737
Office e-Mail : Millbury1stChurch@gmail.com

Website:  https://millburyfirstchurch.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/FirstCongregationalChurchofMillbury

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.