News and Events

Welcome to First Church! We are a progressive congregation of the United Church of Christ, and we greet you with open hearts. To find out what’s going on, read our weekly newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it by email.

Watch our worship services here. We create a special shortened version for local television and Youtube each week. Or we hope to see you in person at our 10am services!

Novembering: a time to remember those who have died

Novembering is coming, our holy time to remember those who have died, and pray for them, and welcome their brilliant light. We place pictures around the sanctuary, light candles, and honor our beloved. You are welcome to bring a photograph to leave for the month.

Bereavement gathering

We’ll have our annual gathering for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one on Sunday, November 20 at 2pm in the church parlor. This is a time of candle-lighting, reflection, and prayer. We’ll tell stories of those dear to us, and talk about how we can honor their memories in our holiday traditions. RSVP to Diane Young (978-356-2938).

We invite you to consider membership in First Church

We will be offering two identical classes for people interested in learning more about First Church, and for people considering membership. Choose one. The first is November 20 at 8:30 am, with childcare.  The second is November 28, Monday at 2 pm. Please speak with Rebecca or Sue Baker and sign up so we can make enough packets.

December events

December 4, Children’s Christmas Fair and Advent wreath makingChildren can choose gifts for elders, all for $1, and go home with a stack of wrapped gifts. The proceeds this year will benefit the Heifer Project. Wreath making is open to all ages.

December 11, Cookie Walk. Parishioners are invited to bake cookies for this event, and fill a bag after church. This is a fundraiser for our youth programs.

December 24, 2pm, Christmas pageant. If weather permits, we’ll have this outside with animals.

Ready to serve your church?

The Nominating Committee is looking for a few good people to be a part of the life of First Church–to serve on a board or committee or count the offering or read the scripture. What would you like to do for your church? Find out by taking three minutes to fill out the Nominating Committee Survey—it’s quick and easy.

Live music every month

Along the Way Coffeehouse offers live music once a month, on Saturdays. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets at $10 at the door. 12 Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich (across from the church). Sponsored by First Church. Read more about Along the Way and connect with us on our Facebook page. Larry Kaplan plays songs of sea and shore on November 19, 2022.

Violins and Blessings at Riverbend

Lucas, Rebecca, and Diane at Riverbend

We offer a time of spiritual and musical nourishment at the Residence at Riverbend, on the first and fourth Thursdays of each month at 2pm. Called “Violins and Blessings,” it’s a half-hour of music, scripture, and prayer from Rev. Rebecca, Diane, and other musicians. Invite your loved ones at Riverbend to join, and come sit with them.