First Congregational Church of Westfield is a spiritual community with a long and rich history of encouraging freedom of thought and a strong commitment to supporting and serving those who are socially and economically disadvantaged. In all aspects of its life and mission, FCC welcomes and affirms people of every race, age, gender, marital circumstance, sexual orientation and expression, physical or psychological ability, economic condition, ethnic origin, and theological tradition.

FCC is a congregation of open-minded and big-hearted who have discovered the freedom and joy a Christian spiritual life offers—parents, singles, teens, children, and seniors who strive daily to live out that life in their varied walks of life. As a member of the United Church of Christ, the community at FCC comes from an unusually broad mix of denominational backgrounds, including Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Quaker, and even no faith background at all.

The leaders and members of FCC of Westfield invite all to kick off the fall season on Sunday, September 8 in its meeting house at 125 Elmer Street. A full schedule is planned with the morning’s Message by Senior Minister Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea, and the Adult Chancel Choir back to lead the community in glorious sound. Christian Education leaders will also be commissioned, and personalized Bibles will be given to third grade students.

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Following the morning’s Worship celebration, the community is invited to gather in Patton Auditorium for the annual Kick-Off Brunch, where a hearty buffet will be available for all to enjoy.

If you are new to the area or are seeking a new spiritual community, please join us! Here are just a few things current members have said about why they joined and continue to be a part of FCC:

“We immediately felt a difference visiting this church and being welcomed by all of the members. It is friendly, spiritual, theatrical, caring, fun and inspirational ... a wonderful place for our family.” – C. FANWOOD, NJ

“I was taken with the New England-like architecture. We were looking for a Sunday school program for our kids, so we decided to visit. We joined and discovered fine sermons, a good Sunday school and an active youth fellowship program. But the most unexpected thing was how much a part of the congregation that I felt. We feel like we have a church family.” – P.F. SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ

“I grew up Catholic while my husband grew up in the UCC. We wanted to find a church that was intellectually stimulating, spiritually fulfilling, filled with music, welcoming to children, and friendly, yet not overwhelming. We joined FCC the Sunday before our son’s birth. FCC is a wonderful and welcoming community. We grow together in faith and fellowship, through hard times and good times.” – A.M. SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ

“True spirit of Jesus.” – B.H., FANWOOD, NJ

“If you are looking for a church where actions speak louder than words, THIS IS IT. They seek justice and love for all people by preaching love in the face of hate and doubt, display generosity through the giving of time and talent to many causes, and demonstrate fellowship through friendship, social activities, and worship. The ministers are involved, devoted, and generous with their time. The Youth Group engages and challenges the youth through thoughtful discussion, games, trips, parties, and lots of volunteer opportunities. Join us for worship on any given Sunday and see for yourself!”  – A.E. WESTFIELD, NJ

First Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, is located at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield. The Sanctuary is accessible via a wheelchair ramp and features a hearing loop for the hearing impaired. Professional child care is available, and children from pre-school through Grade 9 are welcome to attend Church School. For further information, please call the Church Office at 908-233-2494 or visit www.fccofwestfield.org.