In-person worship is on hold again, sadly, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to welcoming you back into our sanctuary to worship in-person, as soon as it is safe!
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 as we live stream on YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/c/FCCMelrose, or view our live on MMTV (local channel 3) at 10 — rebroadcast again at 6 pm. Links to view individual services may also be found on our website, here.
Join us on Wednesday, April 7th, at 7:30pm for a classical music concert featuring the Buswell-Ou duo, guitarist Andy Robinson, the Melrose FCC Handbell Ringers, and the Interfaith Trio featuring Carol Gyurina, Mariko Matsumura, and Erica Finn.
Donations to Bread of Life are accepted via this link:
When we began our move to in-person worship this fall, we committed to evaluating this in late November. After much discussion among our Deacons of Worship, Senior Deacons, and staff we have decided to suspend in-person worship for the time being.
The main reason for this decision is the rising cases of Covid 19 as fall ends and we head into the winter. There have also been logistical challenges in arranging for pre-registered, in-person worship (extra staff and volunteers) while the ability and willingness of parishioners to attend has understandably been minimal.
Our hope is to have sign-ups available to attend worship on Christmas Eve after which we will make a further determination on the best and safest course of action with regard to in-person worship in the New Year.
Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding! Our live streaming worship services on YouTube and MMTV in Melrose will continue as usual.
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.