CARING FOR EACH OTHER
Our Sunday worship services are Sunday mornings at 9:30, with church school and childcare offered at the same hour.
Join us! All are welcome!
Worship at Second Congregational Church provides a nurturing atmosphere in which all people are invited to celebrate our quest for God through a harmonious union of prayer and praise, music, sermon, scripture and community. This time together fosters support for each other and helps us adhere to our fundamental common goal of being together as a church family, demonstrating Christ’s kindness, compassion and unconditional love. We joyfully welcome new members into our community.
Our worship experience provides us with opportunities to rejoice in our pursuit of becoming more Christ-like in our daily lives. We are called to Communion, to love one another and to be grateful for all of life's blessings. The worship experience inspires everyone to live more justly and generously, and moves us to serve others in and outside the church.
All young people (K-8) are encouraged to participate in worship and activities in a multi-age environment with our dedicated teachers/volunteers who have a passion for helping the children of our church grow in their relationship with God and develop a good understanding of the Trinity in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We do not believe in the traditional classroom approach to “Sunday School”. Children are taught to develop and express their own relationship with God through the teachings of Jesus using Bible lessons and age-appropriate activities. We believe children should carry with them what they’ve learned. We encourage all people to go out each day and continue their relationship with God through family, friends and community. This is not just for Sunday anymore!
Our middle school program and youth activities are focused on Faith and Service. Our Pastor and volunteers from our church plan service projects, attend retreats and plan focused activities in which our young members can get to know themselves and learn how to be better followers of Jesus, deepening our bonds with one another and leading to Confirmation.
In line with our mission to provide safe environments for our children, every activity or field trip has at least two teachers/volunteers who have cleared a CORI check.
If interested, please fill out form and bring to church next time you visit: Church School Registration Form. There is no fee.
We welcome all singers and instrumentalists of all ages! If you have a musical skill or just love to sing, chances are that we can find a place for you at Second Church. Contact Charles and Nancy at email@example.com or talk to us in person.
PERFORMING GROUPS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Performs on most Sundays. We have a mix of abilities in the choir; some read music and some do not, some are trained and others just love to sing. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:30 PM. In the worship service, the choir usually sings one or two anthems and short responses. Special services are likely to have more music.
meets from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday evenings. Music reading is required for this group, but previous experience with handbells is not necessary. Ringing is a beautiful way to make music for non-singers. The bells perform often, but not every Sunday.
is for those who would like to make music, but do not read music notation. The chimes work very much like handbells, but the sound is a little bit different. The chimes often play lovely patterns to accompany the choir or solo singers. We rehearse the chimes after church on Sundays.
Music Directors Charles Turner and Nancy Rexford believe that the music program should serve the mission of Second Church. Whenever we are faced with a new idea or a decision, we ask the following question:
“Does it build up the church?”
The Directors wish to support the congregation in worship and use music to contribute in other ways whenever possible. We believe that the music groups should be models of Christian love, unity, and service.
The Directors work closely with with the pastor so that the music reinforces the themes of the scriptures and sermon. Music is chosen to be inspirational, so it is often upbeat, sometimes even humorous.
Music and community
Each performing group is a small community of Christian believers, so we always strive to behave in loving and supportive ways. We work hard, have fun, and pray together.
Visitation is an important mission for Second Church. Keeping close connections with those who are home-bound or unable to travel to church is a meaningful way that we show people of all ages and abilities that we love and value them. If requested, our pastor makes regular visits to folks who are unable to come to us.
In addition, the Pastor is always willing to make hospital calls. Of course, we can not visit if we don’t know, so please let us know if you need a little bit of love from your church family. By the way, all visits are confidential in nature.
RITES OF PASSAGE
Christian baptism is that ritual by which persons become part of the Universal Church. It symbolizes the death of the old self and birth of a new self in Christ. It initiates the process of growth in Christ.
Baptism is a sign of God’s grace. Perhaps there may be a new addition to your family whom you celebrate as a gift of God. Or perhaps as an adult you would like to get baptized. Baptism is a natural response in either case. Here are answers to some questions about the sacrament. To proceed further, call the office @ 978-922-3064. Please fill out the baptism form by clicking here and bring to your meeting with the pastor.
Our beautiful sanctuary sets the scene for a wonderful wedding celebration. Our Pastor would be happy to work with you to craft a service that meets your needs and traditions. Typically, he will meet with couples two or three times prior to a wedding rehearsal. The purpose of these meetings is so that our pastor can get to know you further as a couple and plan with you the wedding ceremony.
Our Music Directors are available for organ and piano selections, and we welcome any vocal or instrumental soloists you might invite to share in this celebration.
United Church of Christ congregations are often a suitable “neutral ground” for couples of differing faith backgrounds, as we do not require church membership or baptism for couples. For those who are non-members of this congregation, there are a small number of reasonable fees for building usage and the work of our pastoral, musical, and custodial staff.
Our pastor will be available to work with you in making your wedding plans. Clergy from outside our church may assist in the service, at the discretion of our Pastor. The formal pronouncement of the marriage and the signing of the legal license shall be done by the 2nd Congregational Church Pastor.
If you are interested in getting married at Second Church, please click here for more information.
The time of death can be one of the most difficult experiences for all of us. We are very sensitive to the emotions involved and are well aware of the many decisions about a service which must be made in a short time. We will help you wade through these waters with compassion and an awareness of God’s continuing presence.
When death is anticipated or experienced, call the Church Office 978-922-3064. With this first call we can discuss the day, time, and place for the service. These plans are normally made in conjunction with the funeral home you choose. The minister will then arrange a meeting with the family to discuss details of the service. Please click here for more information.
To support our youth in furthering their education, Second Church has a Scholarship Committee that administers various scholarship funds and awards scholarships to worthy young recipients. We invite area high school and technical school seniors and college students to apply for one or more scholarships. Awards are made to students regardless of religious affiliation or place of residence.
This year, the two scholarships we are offering are:
Rev. Dr. Robert Rasche Scholarship
Awards will be made to students regardless of religious affiliation or place of residence, whose experience and purpose is in keeping with the goals of Dr. Rasche, former pastor of Second Church. He was a servant of others; throughout his life he served individuals, families and institutions in the church world because of his unshakable faith in God and dedication to the cause of Jesus Christ. Scholarships from this fund will be awarded to students who:
Have a real need for financial aid
Have exhibited a willingness to live for others
Intend to increase their ability to serve
Ruth M. Glines Cannon Scholarship
Awards will be made to students regardless of religious affiliation or place of residence, whose purpose is to enter the field of teaching. "Teaching" is to be interpreted in its broadest meaning. Mrs. Cannon had many and varied interests but her career as a teacher was the most vital to her. Scholarships from this fund will be awarded to students who:
Have a real need for financial aid
Indicate a commitment to pursue a career of teaching
If you are interested in applying for one of our scholarships, please click here to download our application form.