First Congregational Church of Westfield invites you to go “back to school” this fall with a variety of learning opportunities designed to enhance spiritual and intellectual growth for all ages. All events are free and open to the public.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, “Faith and the Front Page” returns to the adult studies program. This popular series examines current events from a moral, ethical and Biblical perspective. How does our faith inform our opinions on the difficult topics of our time? The nuclear treaty with Iran, “Black Lives Matter” and same-sex marriage upheld by the Supreme Court are just some of the issues that will be discussed from a spiritual viewpoint. The series continues over five consecutive Monday evenings through November 2 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the church’s Chapel Lounge.

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7:30, “Religious Fervor: The First and Second Great Awakenings” will examine the two major religious revivals in the United States which had a profound effect on established Protestant denominations and brought about the creation of new ones, including the United Church of Christ. Over five consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 3, the series will consider how those Great Awakenings continue to influence us today.

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First Congregational Church also offers a wide variety of Christian education and volunteer service for children and teens, including a weekly children’s sermon, church school, and Confirmation program.  An active youth group for middle and senior high students combines fun, fellowship and community outreach, including Bridges runs to Newark and New York City and an annual Super Bowl party for the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.

First Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, is located at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield. For additional information, contact the church office at 908-233-2494 or visit fccofwestfield.org.