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Bible Study is Back!!! Starts September 14th

  “How to Read the Bible with All Your Mind, Heart and Soul”  There is no one way to read the Bible, and it is best to read it several different ways. When I preach, I often use four different ways of reading scriptures to open different levels of meaning. We will explore together the follow four ways for a week each:   Reading the Bible as literature helps us remember that there is a story behind the story. Jesus doesn’t just show up from nowhere and start preaching. The Gospels come from a rich matrix of tradition, including Moses and the Exodus, the prophets, and exile and conquest of Israel and Judah. Reading a text out of context limits the possibilities. Knowing some historical context and basic timeline helps in this process. The Bible is not just full of [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:06-05:00September 9th, 2015|Adult Education|0 Comments

MEDITATION AND FORGIVENESS: HEALING THE HEART

The Science of Spirituality presents: Meditation and Forgiveness: Healing the Heart with Michael Ribet. This event includes Meditation. Thursday, April 23rd 7:30-9:00pm First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main St, Northampton- Lyman Hall Forgiveness means freeing yourself of the past. Mediation opens the door to being able to forgive, both yourself and others. This event is Free and open to the public. For More information: 413.587.9670; www.sos.org Science of Spirituality is a worldwide, spiritual organization dedicated to transforming lives through meditation, under the guidance of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. Please join us for this incredible event!  

By |2015-04-10T13:19:47-05:00April 10th, 2015|Adult Education, News|0 Comments

Reading Schedule for “What We Talk About When We Talk About God”

          Welcome to the House Church Reading Groups at First Churches! We are meeting at 5 sites for 5 weeks during Lent to read and share about Rob Bell's "What We Talk About When We Talk About God."  You can find updates on the church website at firstchurches.org at the top of the page.  Just look under the Spiritual Growth menu and the "Small Groups" tab.  Feel free to share thoughts and comments as we go along.  (And don't worry about internet "trolls."  We moderate the forums.)  Enjoy the book and reading and sharing together! Week 1 - Starting February 23 Chapter 2 – Hum pages 1-20 Week 2 – Starting March 2 Chapter 2 – Open pages 21-80 Week 3 – Starting March 9 Chapters 3 & 4 Both and With   pages 81-126 Week 4 – [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:09-05:00February 18th, 2015|Small Groups|0 Comments

PRAYER SHAWL KNITTING CIRCLE

New opportunity for Ministry in Action I invite interested social knitters to join me in a Prayer Shawl Knitting Circle. Prayer Shawls (also called Comfort Shawls) are homemade throws, each made in a spirit of love and blessing for the intended recipient. This meaningful activity, when shared, also offers a wonderful opportunity to get to know people on a different level, thereby contributing to building our beloved community. What particularly appeals to me about this ministry is how the creation of a prayer shawl is a spiritual practice for the maker. As I’ve experienced knitting, the rhythmic activity brings on a contemplative, even healing, mindset. The process of making a shawl -- using one’s hands and focused intentions, your own prayers and loving thoughts -- becomes gift not only for the one receiving the shawl, but for the knitter as [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:10-05:00February 2nd, 2015|Small Groups|0 Comments

Lenten House Groups

Lenten House Church Groups Start This Month On Ash Wednesday, February 18, we will kick off house church discussion groups on Rob Bell’s book, “What We Talk About When We Talk About God.”  Amazon reviews describes the book below: Pastor Rob Bell explains why both culture and the church resist talking about God, and shows how we can reconnect with the God who is pulling us forward into a better future. Bell uses his characteristic evocative storytelling to challenge everything you think you know about God. What We Talk About When We Talk About God tackles the misconceptions about God and reveals how God is with us, for us, ahead of us, and how understanding this could change the entire course of our lives. So how can you get involved? Sign up in February for one of our 5-6 groups. [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:10-05:00February 2nd, 2015|Adult Education, Small Groups|0 Comments

Monday Lunch Bible Study – “A New Kind of Christianity”

Monday Noon Bible Study: A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith Begin the New Year by reading Brian McLaren’s thought provoking book along with the Monday Noon Bible Study. Beginning on Monday, January 12, we will be discussing each chapter. Books are available now at the church office or Second Hour for $11 thanks to Broadside books (pay what you can) and you may also get the Kindle version for under $10. I will also post questions on the church website if you would like to follow along and write comments even if you cannot participate at Monday noon. Here is a quick review of Brian McLaren’s book from Amazon:   “We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the church. Not since the Reformation five centuries ago have so many Christians come [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:10-05:00January 21st, 2015|Adult Education, Small Groups|0 Comments

Children’s Ministry at First Churches

      Gleaning a Success! Above are some of the hands that gleaned 300 lbs. of potatoes, beets and carrots for Rachel's Table this past Sunday. Youth from First Churches, Edwards, and St. John’s worked together to harvest food at Brookfield Farm in Amherst. They then transported all that fresh produce down to Kate’s Kitchen in Holyoke. Kate’s Kitchen provides a hot noon time meal 365 days a year to anyone in need. Through their lunch program they also empower, educate, and train un-employed and underemployed individuals interested in the culinary field. I am really proud of our youth and very thankful to Manny Pintado who stepped in at the last moment to help chaperone this event. This trip wouldn’t have been possible without his help. Thanks Manny! First Churches is now part of a joint youth group - [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:17-05:00October 29th, 2014|Children and Youth Education, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sunday School News

Scarecrow Potluck Don’t miss our upcoming Scarecrow Making Party. Angie and Kelli will be hosting us this coming Sunday, October 26th at 12:00, for an afternoon of friendship, fun and scarecrow making. Bring some old clothes and a dish to share. They live at 10 Golden Drive in Easthampton. Hope to see you there.     A Chance to Harvest for Others   All of our teens are invited to go on a gleaning expedition with Rachel’s Table this coming Sunday, October 26th, from 12-4. We’ll join with teens from Edward’s, Haydenville U.C.C. and St. John’s to learn more about the Biblical practice of gleaning, harvest food, and deliver it to a donation center. We still need an adult volunteer for this event. And speaking of our joint youth venture… We’ve been awarded a grant of $3,900 by the Episcopal [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:18-05:00October 21st, 2014|Children and Youth Education|0 Comments

Super Saturday is October 25- Come and Get Energized!

48 workshops, a great key note speaker, marketplace, and ideas and networking.  We can work out car pools to go to Framingham.  Workshops include: How to be a Deacon How to Evaluate Ministry A Crash Course in Church Renewal Healthy Communication Prayer Nonviolence Walking the Labyrinth Click here to go to the registration page and see all 48 workshops. When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 8:00 AM to Saturday, October 25, 2014 3:45 PM Cost:  $44 per person/ Scholarships are available, call the church office at (413) 584-9392 Framingham, MA 01702 Featuring The Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo, Executive Director of the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries Rev. Jaramillo is responsible for the church's work on human rights and social, racial and economic justice. She is a former president and vice-president of the Council for Hispanic Ministries and former co-convener of the [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:18-05:00September 29th, 2014|Education|0 Comments

Sunday School News

Second Hour If you have small children, or even tall ones, that hour after church can be a challenging one. You want to visit and get to know people, maybe even have an adult conversation, but there’s one, maybe two, possibly 3 kids hanging on to your legs making you feel like a human jungle gym. It’s not easy to concentrate or talk like the rational, interesting human being you know you are, under such circumstances. I don’t know if this will completely solve the problem, but I’ll plan to set up a table of quiet activities: puzzles, art, and a big cookie sheet covered in something little ones can push around with trucks. You’ll still need to keep an eye on them, but they may find the activities engrossing enough to free you up to string more than 3 [...]

By |2017-01-18T20:15:19-05:00September 24th, 2014|Children and Youth Education, Education|0 Comments