Mailing Address: P.O. Box 36, Mansfield Center, CT 06250
Phone: (860) 423-9008, Fax: (860) 423-6112
Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where Faith Takes Action!
549 Storrs Road
(Junction of Routes 195 & 89)
Mansfield Center, Connecticut
SUNDAY WORSHIP 10:15 a.m.
STREAMED LIVE VIA FACEBOOK
The Rev. Joseph Blotz, Pastor
Erik Haeger, Organist
Sarah Kaufold, Choir Director
Dawn Hoffman, Worship Circle Coordinator
You may be new to our community and looking for a church home,
or you may have been in the area for a while and
discovered our openness and warmth as a congregation.
In any case, we welcome you and
extend an invitation to join our church family.
Open to and Affirming of All
Being the Church during the Pandemic
Based on the recommendation of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ and upon conversations among staff and the Governing Board, in-person Worship at First Church has been suspended. This was a difficult and heartbreaking decision but one made to ensure the safety of our congregation, particularly the most vulnerable among us. Our church policy is that when the schools close, the building is closed as well so all meetings will be canceled as well.
Each week, Pastor Joe will send resources for us to worship together while dispersed. An online worship service will be available on Facebook live Sunday mornings at 10:15 a.m. There will be faith formation materials available for children at home and Zoom will be used to host First Hour conversations around “Wired Word: Faith in the News.” You will find links to all of these activities on this page.
As we move into the new moment of ministry together, please be conscious of our elders and other home bound members who may become more isolate in the days ahead. Please reach out with phone calls and cards, particularly those in nursing homes where visitation has been prohibited.
Ministry will continue to go on at First Church and we are dependent upon the continued giving and pledge fulfillment of our members and friends. Secure Online Giving is now available in addition to the Electronic Funds Transfer service our church already has set up. Whether online or sent through the mail by check, thank you for the ways financial support of First Church will continue. Let us take care of one another.
Let us take care of ourselves. And let us know the care of our God who is with us always and who reminds us, time and again, “Do not be afraid!”
We will gather virtually in the following ways:
Sundays at 9:00 am
We will meet via Zoom for First Hour (see links in the Resources link below.)
Sundays at 10:15 am
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
Thursdays at 12:15 pm
We will gather on Facebook Live* for Contemplative Communion. Bring some bread, some juice, and an open heart as we are fed for Jesus’ ministry of compassion and justice. All services are also posted on the church’s YouTube page by the end of the day.