Our Sunday worship service is at 10AM and we invite you to join us! (Summer services begin at 9AM.) Families worship together until the children’s sermon after which the children may proceed to the classrooms for Sunday School. On the first Sunday of each month we join in the sacrament of Communion to which all are welcome….including children.
We are handicapped accessible with a “no steps” entrance from the rear parking lot. An elevator provides easy access to all levels. Hearing devices are available. There is a “quiet corner” for nursing mothers or infants with a speaker nearby so as to hear and see everything going on in the sanctuary. A staffed nursery is also available. Refreshments are served after the service for a time of fellowship.
Additional special services during the year include Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Easter Sunrise and an Ecumenical Epiphany service.
Last year, our members Julie & John Cochrane created this video for the “A New Thing Task Force” in New Hampshire, whose mission is to Assist the Churches of the New Hampshire Conference in:
- Confronting the reality of ministering in communities which are primarily unchurched.
- Assessing their unique setting to inspire creative responses
- Offer support as transformation evolves
First Congregational Church of Hampton, United Church of Christ, was founded in 1638 along with three other historic seacoast churches. We have worshipped continuously as a faith community for 375 years (and counting) since the Rev. Stephen Bachiler laid claim to the first meeting house site. We are in the sixth meeting house and have just finished a renovation to all levels of the building to become accessible to all. Our current pastor is the 40th clergy person to serve the church and we currently enjoy welcoming a number of younger families with children into the life of the faith community where they can worship and learn under our “safe church” policy.
Our most visible mission is God’s Baby Closet, begun more than 18 years ago. We serve the Rockingham County seacoast community, providing diapers, clothing, furniture, baby food, books, and toys to those in need. We also host two groups where youth with special needs meet; as well as hosting scouts (both boys and girls), AA groups, community groups and more. We work closely with Cross Roads House to provide a meal each month, and support Seacoast Youth Services, a Philippine college student, Heifer International, Church World Service, Operation Christmas Child and a number of Ecumenical activities with area churches. We welcome all believers and seekers to join us on a covenantal journey of faith, toward a greater love of God, our neighbors and ourselves with respect, joy and great fellowship.