Congregation2017Welcome!

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!


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 worship 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.


News

Holy Thursday Worship and Communion at 7 pm (please join at 6:45)

Our joint Maundy Thursday Virtual Union Service is this Thursday, hosted by Melrose Highlands Congregational Church. We will share in Holy Communion so please bring a cup and plate to the service. The cup can contain juice/wine/etc and the plate should contain bread or similar food.  You will also need a single lit candle (battery operated is fine!).  

I hope that you can participate in the service.   Below is the link for Maundy Thursday. Please arrive at 6:45 P.M.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/7816654200?pwd=SVNGQmttZ2xXZVhBNWQ5a0FrYVdHUT09
Meeting ID: 781 665 4200
Password: 6654200  

Peace,
Rev. Beth Horne
Highlands Church, UCC
an Open and Affirming Congregation
355 Franklin Street
Melrose, MA 02176
978-465-1871 (cell)
781-665-4200
www.mhcc-ucc.org

“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.” 
― Julian of Norwich

Palm Sunday Worship at 10 am!

We hope you’ll join us for Palm Sunday on April 5, at 10 am. Here is the link! The video will show as “private” until 10.

Palm Sunday Worship!

Please join us online at 10 am this coming Sunday, April 5th, for our Palm Sunday worship service in the Sanctuary!  Rev. Dominic will lead this pre-recorded service along with Mariko Matsumura and Beth Grzegorzewski, who will organize the music, and Jim Oosterman, our Lay Reader.  There will also be several special musical guests! 

We’ll be sharing the link closer to the date as we are currently in production mode. Like last time, we’ll be announcing the link on the website, Facebook page, YouTube channel if you subscribed, as well as through an email sent through MailChimp. The YouTube link will show as “private” until 10 am.

Since this is also the first Sunday of the month, it is also a service of Holy Communion.  Consequently, we invite you to gather whatever version of communion elements you may have in your home ahead of time.  Then, you while you view the service remotely, you can take part in the blessing and sharing of the elements.  Join us as we celebrate Palm Sunday and usher in Holy Week together!  

Holy Thursday Worship and Communion at 7 pm (please join at 6:45) - Our joint Maundy Thursday Virtual Union Service is this Thursday, hosted by Melrose Highlands Congregational Church. We will share in Holy Communion so please bring a cup and… Read more "Holy Thursday Worship and Communion at 7 pm (please join at 6:45)"
Holy Week and Easter: The Heart of our Faith - With Holy Week upon us, I hope you are able to feel the full significance of this pivotal aspect of our faith. To me, Holy Week and… Read more "Holy Week and Easter: The Heart of our Faith"
Palm Sunday Worship at 10 am! - We hope you’ll join us for Palm Sunday on April 5, at 10 am. Here is the link! The video will show as “private” until 10.

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Holy Week and Easter: The Heart of our Faith - With Holy Week upon us, I hope you are able to feel the full significance of this pivotal aspect of our faith. To me, Holy Week and… Read more "Holy Week and Easter: The Heart of our Faith"
Palm Sunday Worship! - Please join us online at 10 am this coming Sunday, April 5th, for our Palm Sunday worship service in the Sanctuary!  Rev. Dominic will lead this pre-recorded… Read more "Palm Sunday Worship!"
Thank You! - With in-person worship cancelled, you might think that everything has come to a grinding halt here at FCC.  Actually, nothing could be farther from the truth! In… Read more "Thank You!"
3/25/20 Update to Sunday Worship - March 25, 2020 Dear Members and Friends, This is to let you know that we are extending cancellation of Sunday worship services and all other church activities… Read more "3/25/20 Update to Sunday Worship"
Empty Parking Lots, Full Hearts - One of the strangest, almost eerie, things to see these days are church parking lots empty on a Sunday morning.  It is one thing to witness this… Read more "Empty Parking Lots, Full Hearts"
Being Prepared for the Coronavirus at FCC - While those most cases of this virus are mild (and as News reports are filled with stories of the spread of the Coronavirus and its growth in… Read more "Being Prepared for the Coronavirus at FCC"

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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.

Get to Know Us

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We seek to foster the joy, love, and fellowship that are part in parcel in our Christian community. We have a great time when we’re together. Our hope is that our church will brighten lives and not subtract joy.

These are exciting days for our church as we grow in the spirit and love of Christ. We have much to celebrate at First Congregational Church. We are an Open and Affirming Congregation with a growing membership. Our youth are engaged and eager to contribute to our church missions. We have innovative and exciting ministries that involve both new and lifelong members of our church family. We have a wealth of history that reflects our members’ desire to make a difference! Please click one of the links below to find out more.

Children & Youth


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From newborns to graduating high schoolers, our church provides a dynamic programs with an active enrollment of children and youth. Taught by members of the congregation, our church school teaches the basic values and stories of our faith and encourages a questioning attitude on the part of students. The goals of the program are to help children claim the Christian faith as their own and instill in them the truth that they are valued by God and the community.

Our church has two youth groups for Middle School and High School aged youth. Recreation, service and faith development hallmark this important ministry.

Children & Youth News

Find us/Contact us

Address
First Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
121 W. Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176
phone: (781) 665-2111 – fax: (781) 665-8824
Office email: info@fccmelrose.org
Reverend Dominic email: revdominic121@gmail.com
Click here for all staff members email addresses
Church Office Hours
Monday through Friday 8:45 am – 1:45 pm

From Route 93 South:

  • Exit 35 “Park Street/Stoneham/Melrose” (Two exits south of Rt. 128)
  • Left at the bottom of the ramp, under Route 93, right at stop sign.
  • Continue straight through set of lights at Friendly’s
  • Road becomes two lanes at Zoo, stay left.
  • Take first left after Zoo onto Pond Street. (Don’t take the Pond Street before the zoo.)
  • Continue straight through set of lights.
  • At next set of lights, turn left onto Main Street.
  • Follow Main Street to second set of lights, turn left onto West Foster Street.
  • Church is on right after stop sign.

From Route 93 North:

  • Exit 33 “Rt. 28 Stoneham/Melrose”
  • Follow Route 28 signs staying to the right. Turn right on Elm Street.
  • Continue to rotary, “turn left” by going three quarters of the way around the rotary.
  • Road becomes two lanes, stay right.
  • Take second right after Hospital onto Pond Street. (If you go past the Zoo, you’ve gone too far.)
  • Continue straight through set of lights.
  • At next set of lights, turn left onto Main Street.
  • Follow Main Street to second set of lights, turn left onto West Foster Street.
  • Church is on right after stop sign.

From Route 1 South:

  • Exit “Essex Street, Saugus/Melrose” at Walgreen’s and Dunkin Donuts.
  • Follow Essex Street over Route 1, past Square One Mall and into Melrose.
  • Essex Street becomes Upham Street in Melrose.
  • Take left at second set of lights onto Main Street.
  • At next set of lights, turn right onto West Foster Street.
  • Church is on right after stop sign.

From Route 1 North:

  • Exit “Essex Street, Saugus/Melrose” after Square One Mall and Corners.
  • Follow Essex Street, past side of Square One Mall and into Melrose.
  • Essex Street becomes Upham Street in Melrose.
  • Take left at second set of lights onto Main Street.
  • At next set of lights, turn right onto West Foster Street.
  • Church is on right after stop sign.