Who We Are

Posted on: September 8th, 2011 by

The Congregational Church of Needham is: A Faith Community where All are Welcome!

Our Church Covenant says what we believe:
• We strive to be a joyful, welcoming Christian community.
• We seek to be faithful in a world torn by suffering, injustice, oppression, and war.
• We are inspired by God, Christ’s ministry, and the examples of other faithful people. We join together in worship and song, fellowship, study, and mission, to embrace the risks and challenges of continuing Christ’s ministry.
• We struggle to live out our faith in the world by furthering justice and peace, witnessing to the truth, and proclaiming God’s love and mercy for all people.

Click here to read a sermon by Rev. Susan about Rev. Dr. Roger Shinn who played a crucial role in forming the United Church of Christ in 1957 and fashioning the church we have become.

In 2000, the church adopted this Open and Affirming Statement as an extension of the Covenant:

• As a covenant community we are committed to the belief that all people are created equal before God.
• In affirmation of the inclusive love of Christ Jesus, we welcome persons of any race, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability and economic circumstance to full participation in our community life and ministry.
• We strive to reflect these beliefs in the language and content of our worship and in our lives together.

For information on our Open & Affirming (ONA) Ministry Team, click here.

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Where you will find a Warm and Caring Environment

From the promises we make as a congregation at a baptism to the visits to the elderly or sick by the pastors and deacons,the members of this church “walk the walk” as well as “talk the talk!”

Our church school serves area families by providing childcare and Christian education for children from infants through high-school age. There are many opportunities for children to stretch their creative and spiritual wings as they discover how the stories in the Bible and from the life of Jesus can be part of their life story too. Older youth participate in Confirmation, retreats and fun and fearless Youth Ministry programs and mission trips.

Adults find fellowship during their personal faith journeys through participation in Men’s and Women’s Groups, Adult Education events, various church committees or through outreach activities in the local community, Boston and the wider world.

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The Congregational Church of Needham is a member of the national United Church of Christ (UCC). Click on the videos below to learn more about the UCC or visit www.ucc.org.