At First Church we are working to balance our love of connecting in-person and hosting important ministries with our value of caring for the most vunerable in our community by limiting community transmission of the Covid-19 virus. Please see details below for each event, as some are hosted online and others are in-person. Masks are required at all in-person indoor events. 

Virtual and In-Person Meet Ups

Prayer group meets at 1:30, Tuesday afternoons. Contact the church office for the zoom of exterior of First Church in autumn

Join us for a yard sale on Saturday Sept. 3rd from 8am-12pm at 426 Highland Road. While you are there you can check out the beautiful Chalmers Barn. 

If you are interested in contributing items and/or helping with setup on Friday 9/2
or the sale on Saturday 9/3, contact John Schoenfeld directly at: (978)808-8652 or



Your Missions Committee is sponsoring a Fabulous Fall Bulb sale. The bulbs will arrive the first week in October. Plant a happy surprise for next Spring!
The Three Rivers Plant and Wreath Company will give back 50% of the money raised. Help us achieve our goal of $500 to benefit the many ways First Church supports those in need.
Find the catalog with this link to order online.
Group Landing page code: 63034D
Last day to order: Sept 28, 2022.

With our busy summer coming to an end, Rally Day is a time to regather as a church community!! Historically, it is a laid-back affair aimed at kids of all and every age that begins with a worship service and ends with a cookout of hot dogs and hamburgers, supported with potluck dishes and confections supplied by the congregation.

This year, as in the past, Bob and Jane Strauss, members of our congregation, have invited us to the boys’ summer camp that they own and operate on the shores of Bear Pond in Waterford. When the weather is clear, we worship outdoors, an amazing experience. Otherwise, we pray in the camp’s 112-year-old lodge.

While the mood of the worship is reverent, the atmosphere is “lighter”, perhaps less formal, than a typical service in our sanctuary. Music will be provided by our “in-house” ukulele band, The CUKES (Congregational Ukuleles). We sit on camp benches and chairs, not pews; facing easterly, toward the lake, one can truly appreciate the magnificence of Nature that God has provided!

After the service, the Board of Trustees grills hot dogs (both brown and red), hamburgers (both beef and veggie-based), which are supplemented by all manner of side dishes and desserts prepared by the congregation.

Afterward, kids and adults enjoy sandy-bottomed swimming in Bear Pond or playing a multitude of lawn games supplied by our hosts.

The service begins at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 11th. We are welcome to remain and enjoy the grounds in the afternoon. The address to Camp Wigwam is

57 Wigwam Pass Fire Lane 85, Waterford, ME 04088.

Can’t wait to see you there! – Joe DeVito