The First Congregational Church of Hatfield is located at 41 Main Street in beautiful Hatfield, Massachusetts. Founded in 1670, it has been a beacon of faith in this small community through the many generations. We are blessed with warm and friendly members, a historic place of worship, a lovely home town and an upbeat outlook for our future.
- To join together in worship as a loving community of all those in search of God’s purpose in their lives no matter their circumstances or position.
- To work together in reaching out to our neighbors and our community, and to help those who suffer in body and spirit.
- To learn together the Gospel and Christian tradition; seeking in them wisdom, peace, love, and truth in action.
We are Open and Affirming
….which means we are a welcoming congregation. As it reads on our home page, “Whoever you are, and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcomed here.” Being Open and Affirming is a public commitment of our acknowledgment and full acceptance of any who so choose, to become a part of the body of Christ. The following covenant has been voted and adopted by First Congregational Church of Hatfield.
Jesus teaches us that we are to Love one another and to Love our neighbor as ourselves. So we pledge to Love by listening to what each of us has to say, respecting and embracing every one of our brothers and sisters and understanding we all have a vital place in the Kingdom of God on earth and in Heaven. In this way each of us becomes Open and Affirming, opening our hearts to the condition of our neighbor and opening our minds to the many ideas and cultures of the world. We affirm the dignity of every person as created in the image of God.
As a congregation of Christians, travelling together on the diverse paths of Christianity we welcome and invite all persons of every race, age, gender, gender expression and gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, culture, physical ability, mental capacity or economic condition, to become full and equal participants in the life of this body of Christ.
What is the United Church of Christ and what do we believe?
Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.
We believe in God's continuing testament. We try to remain attentive to God's creative movement in the world.
Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship.
We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry.
We believe in welcome all into our community. This is why we insist that God's communion table is open, not closed, and God's gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable. We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God's mission.
We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love.
Our perspective is global. We work with — not against — people of other faiths.
Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
We believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace.
We believe churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy.
We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships.
Because God is still speaking.