Welcome to Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ

All are welcome
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God is still speaking!

No matter who, no matter what, no matter where you are on life’s journey, you are invited and welcome.

Our Beliefs

Sunday Services 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Services 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

We are a progressive Protestant Christian community of faith and service. Our congregation is a place where our members seek to know God in the spirit of Jesus Christ and to gain strength and support for our spiritual journeys and ministries. Central to our faith is our belief that Christ calls us to participate in God’s reign of justice, peace, and compassion on earth. We seek to live out an inclusive vision in which all may participate in every aspect of the church’s life, its worship, ministries, governance, and leadership. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ability, race, gender, or sexual orientation. Our faith is based on the witness of the Bible, which we take seriously but not literally. We understand that faith grows and evolves over a lifetime and that each member brings the gifts of personal perspective and experience to our common life.

Our Ministries

home2 Our members see themselves as ministers in their daily lives, engaging in either professional or volunteer activities such as teaching, counseling, health care, business, family care, and other community services. As a community of faith we participate in several interfaith programs: the Ashland Food Bank, Peacemakers Day Camp, Restorative Circles, Ashland Emergency Shelter, Ashland Youth Collective, and Habitat for Humanity. We are involved in ministries for justice and peace in Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, and, through our national denomination, the United Church of Christ, ministries for justice and peace around the world. In witness to our historical concern for justice, we declared our church open and affirming of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons in 1991.

Sunday Morning Worship

home3 Because of our vibrant and growing congregation, we offer two identical services each Sunday (9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.), with a coffee and snack social following each as well. Each service incorporates musical offerings, biblical readings, community prayers, some moments of silent meditation and of course, a thoughtful sermon. Pastor Pamela Shepherd and Assistant Pastor Paula Sohl together create an atmosphere of nurturing kindness within which to explore the mysteries of God each Sunday morning. Children are considered a very important part of our community and are invited to participate in our services by lighting candles at the opening of each service. Following the candle lighting, our talented and dedicated youth leaders provide Children's Church downstairs.