Special & Seasonal Services

Special & Seasonal Services (starting in the Fall)

Blessing of the Animals A family/pet oriented outdoor service to celebrate St. Francis of Assisi and bless our beloved animals. Rev. Ron Serino leads the service with guitar in hand and with a personal blessing for each of our four-legged, winged or water-loving pets. See it in the Photo Gallery!(Late summer/early fall)

All Saints Service A reflective service featuring special music, often a requiem, and prayers to recognize each of our members who have departed in the past year as well as others in our extended family who are lifted up in remembrance. (Nov.)

Lighting of the Advent Wreath – Each Sunday in Advent a different family or individual lights one of the candles on the advent wreath, representing Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. After the first Sunday in Advent an all-church Advent Crafts workshop and potluck lunch is held, where children make Christmas decorations and adults decorate the church for the season.

first congregational Christmas pageantChristmas Pageant – During one of the Sunday services in Advent the children put on a Christmas pageant, usually a creative twist on the traditional tale often written by our own members. Past pageants have featured the “Three Wise Women” and Christmas at the Greyhound bus station.

Christmas Eve
Two services are offered
- Candlelight Service for All Ages – 5:00 pm – featuring a child friendly message and carols where all can light a small candle to illuminate the sanctuary
- Festival of Lessons & Carols – 10:00 pm – with special choral and instrumental music. The service ends with Silent Night sung by candlelight and “Still, Still, Still” a First Church tradition.

 Ash Wednesday – An intimate service that marks the beginning of Lent, the season of our spiritual reflection and preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus. The worship draws together old and new, using the ancient custom of marking our foreheads with ashes with a contemporary multi-sensory theme in an intergenerational service. Beautiful reflective music by one of our instrumentalists is always included. An informal supper precedes the worship. This year’s service focuses on “weaving” as a theme. (Feb.)

Maundy Thursday A family friendly dinner and service in Fellowship Hall on the Thursday before Easter commemorating Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. (March/April)

Good Friday Service An adult worship service filled with music and reflection to mark this somber day. A service of tenebrae, the church gradually darkens with each scripture reading, until the congregation is left in total darkness. Members leave the sanctuary in silence marking Jesus’ death on the cross. It is a profound and moving service. (March/April)

Easter Sunday (10:30 am) A joyous multi-generational celebration of Christ’s resurrection and our salvation. Special choral and instrumental music are highlights. (March/April)


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