We hear a lot about “joy” and “peace” this time of year. Our favorite Christmas carols proclaim “Joy to the World,” and “Peace on Earth.”
And yet, for some of us, this Christmas season is less than joyful, peace is allusive, and our celebrations are laced with pain. Some of us are facing this holiday alone, or with heavy hearts burdened by grief, loss, illness, or difficult circumstances. Some are dealing with a broken relationship, a job loss, or an addiction. Some are simply fed up with the crass commercialism of this time of year and long for a more meaningful Christmas message.
In the midst of the season’s busyness, the First Congregational Church of Stoughton, 76 Pierce Street, invites you to a Service of Comfort and Peace on Thursday, December 20, beginning at 7:00 pm. Come quiet your soul, light a candle, pray, spend time in silence, listen to music of the season, and hear God’s word of hope in the Nativity Story.
Throughout December, we are offering services and events to celebrate the Christmas season.
Each Sunday at 10:00 am, we offer our regular Sunday morning worship. During December, we will be hearing the Christmas stories of Mary, Joseph, the Angels, the Shepherds, and the Wise Men. Children age 4 through grade 5 are invited to stay in worship through “A Time for All” (the children’s sermon) and then go to their Sunday School classes. Nursery care is provided for children age 3 and under. All are invited to participate in Holy Communion, which will be offered during our service on December 2.
On Sunday, December 16, beginning at 5:00 pm, we will hold our annual (and free!) Christmas Concert. Come enjoy an hour of music celebrating the season, followed by a light reception.
On Monday, December 24, at 7:00 pm, we invite you to our Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service. Hear the familiar story once again, sing favorite carols, and join your friends and neighbors as we welcome Christ’s birth.
The First Congregational Church of Stoughton is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ located at 76 Pierce Street, Stoughton (across from Halloran Park). For directions and more information about us, call the church at 781-344-2371 or log on to www.uccstoughton.org
OUR WELCOME STATEMENT
Here at the First Congregational Church of Stoughton, United Church of Christ, we celebrate the diversity of God’s creation and affirm the dignity and worth of every
person as created in the image of God [Genesis 1:27].
Living in openness to the Voice of the Still Speaking God, and following the Greatest Commandment of Jesus Christ to love God and neighbor, we extend an extravagant welcome to all persons of every age, race, nationality, ethnicity, faith background, marital status, family structure, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, socio-economic status, physical or mental disability, affirming that we are all members of the family of God.
We invite all into the full life and ministry of our church, including worship, sacraments, rites, covenants, fellowship, leadership, employment, commitments, blessings, and joys.
No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here.