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Only a few aspects of our life together require membership, but those areas are important and are at the heart of how we understand the journey of faith. In our tradition, the members of the congregation make the decisions that shape our life together. Membership is also required for church officers and participation in our leadership council.
We believe that church membership provides a unique opportunity to live more fully in faith, but membership is a personal and a spiritual decision. Some folks choose not to join, but everyone's participation is valued and respected.
New members join our congregation about three or four times a year during Sunday morning worship. Our pastors welcome the chance to meet with prospective new members and learn more about what they are seeking in a new church home. We also offer an informal opportunity called Conversations. Or join us for a relaxing Newcomer/New Member Brunch to offer newcomers and those contemplating membership a broader perspective of the church.
First Church relies on the talents of many leaders serving both in elected and volunteer positions.
The Coordinating Council consists of elected coordinators and officers who are active members of the congregation. The Council represents and acts on behalf of the congregation as a decision-making and policy-setting body between congregational meetings. They bring to a congregational meeting any issues which are core to the ministry and mission of the congregation or which are potentially controversial.
Each coordinator represents one of eight ministry areas. Those teams provide oversight for Building and Grounds, Christian Formation, Finance, Outreach, Preschool, Trustees, Welcome, Worship and Congregational Care. Coordinators and Team Leaders are elected at our Annual Meeting at the end of January. Within each of these ministry areas are many opportunities to participate on either an ongoing or a task-focused basis.
For more information about serving as a coordinator or team leader, contact the church office (508-653-0971 or admin@FirstChurchNatick.org) and a member of the Leadership Development Team will help you match your interests with opportunities.
Since 1969, First Church has welcomed children from Natick and beyond to our weekday, non-sectarian preschool program for children from age 2 year, nine months to 5 years old. The Preschool of the First Congregational Church now serves over 100 children and their families. The Preschool is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).