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 12, 2021! Previous livestreams are available on YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/c/FCCMelrose, and we are broadcast MMTV (local channel 3) at 10 — rebroadcast again at 6 pm. Links to view individual services may also be found on our website, here.
In-Person Worship Resumes on Welcome Back Sunday, September 12 at 10 am!
We are thrilled to return to in-person worship here at FCC! It has been a very long time, indeed!
It is important to remember that we are still in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic, the Delta variant is surging and it is transmissible by and between vaccinated people. Our church children, whom we encourage to join us, are not able to be vaccinated at this time.
Consequently, please be aware of the following protocols:
1. Masking: Masks must be worn at all times when attending worship regardless of vaccination status.
2. Vaccinations: It is expected that all attendees will be vaccinated if they are able to be. Those who are not, are strongly encouraged to do so.
3. Physical Distancing: Please allow six feet between you and the next person in the pew. This does not apply to couples or family units.
4. Sanitizer: Hand sanitizer will be available in the Narthex and sanctuary.
5. Coffee Hour: Coffee hour will be held outside the front doors of the church following worship as the weather permits. Masks should still be worn when not eating or drinking.
6. Sunday School: Sunday School registration and classes will be safely held. Parents should look for direct communication from our Deacons of Christian Education.
7. Nursery: Children ages 0 through 3 are welcome and encouraged to remain in the Sanctuary for worship. We hope to re-open the Nursery later this fall.
8. Illness: If you are ill, please take advantage of our remote options that will be posted on our YouTube channel rather than attending in person.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we abide by these protocols. Our goal is to provide a healthy, safe, open, and inviting worship experience.
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.