I’m Reverend Dominic Taranowski and I’d like to welcome you to the First Congregational Church in Melrose, United Church of Christ. A lot of churches say “come as you are,” but we really mean it. It doesn’t matter your age or your background or your story: you are welcome here. We’re an intergenerational church with something for everyone: from our vibrant worship service on Sunday morning, to our Sunday school program, to our mission work, to our public advocacy presence. We’re always about the work of faith formation and discipleship.
We strive to create a deeper relationship with God but also an outward expression of that faith in the wider world. The church provides opportunities for both of those. You can renew and strengthen your relationship with God and also find ways to live out that faith on a daily basis. We are a casual, committed, progressive church and we welcome you here.
See you in church!
Join us weekly at 10 am for worship
Join us in-person Sundays at 10 am, beginning on September 11, 2022! We can’t wait to see you again! Previous livestreams are available on YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/c/FCCMelrose, and we are broadcast MMTV (local channel 3) at 10 — rebroadcast at 6 pm. Links to view individual services may also be found on this website, here.
Please join us as we return to worship and begin our new program year on Sunday, September 11 at 10 am, followed by coffee hour. We have a lot in store to welcome everyone back and to invite the wider community to our church!
Our Victorian Fair activities will take place on the church grounds from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. During this time, we will have an open house at our church to welcome those attending activities on Main Street. Rev. Dominic along with others will be available to greet those who stop by and introduce them to our church as we offer:
- A Chili Cook Off Tasting
- A 50/50 Raffle
- Themed Basket Raffles
- Mystery Bags for Children
- A Cupcake and Snack Table
- Fun Backdrops for Photos
- A Craft Table
- Free Water
- Free Parking
- Free Restrooms
We will have ample information about our church available including video presentations in the Narthex.
Our hope is to make this a growing annual event so get in on the ground floor! If you would like to volunteer to help out, please contact Rev. Dominic or the Church Office. Most importantly, just stop by that day to take part in the festivities after worship!
See you there!
Rev. Dominic’s weekly article
Audio and VIDEO Updates
Here’s a great way to check in: Reverend Dominic is posting regular updates to connect with the congregation. You can find these under the “AUDIO & VIDEO MESSAGES” tab at the top menu on any of our website pages.
Mariko’s music recordings
Want to experience our music ministry from home? Please go to the tab “WORSHIP AND MUSIC” at the top menu to listen to recordings made by our music director, Mariko Matsumura. You can view Videos posted on our private friends-and-members Facebook page, the Virtual Narthex of First Congregational Church in Melrose UCC. You are invited to join us on our public Facebook page, located at www.facebook.com/FCCMelrose.
In depth review
Church blogger George Parks recently attended our congregation and had this to say: “This is a warm, active, community church, that provides space for personal growth and contemplation, as well as advocacy for the greater good of the community. Melrose and the surrounding communities are very lucky to have FCC of Melrose contributing to the greater good.” Read his review here.