Welcome to our website, the virtual home of First Churches of Northampton. We are a united church of the American Baptist Churches USA and United Church of Christ, the largest Protestant denomination in Massachusetts.
We are an open and affirming congregation. We welcome and invite into our membership all persons who love God and our Lord Jesus without regard to differences as race, ethnicity, age, gender, ability, sexual orientation, economic status, marital status, level of education, or any other difference that may be misunderstood as a barrier to Christian fellowship. We further welcome all who seek God. We welcome believers and questioners and questioning believers, and we express our sincerest hope that in fellowship with us you may find the answers for which you are searching.
We worship together on Sunday mornings at 10:00. Child care is available during the academic year, with the Rainbow Room providing fun and safe time for younger children and our Sunday School providing Christian education and activities for elementary-aged kids. A coffee and community hour follows immediately after the service. All are welcome, please join us.
Our meeting house is completely accessible. Our ramp-accessible entrance is on the Center Street side of the building, with the elevator in Lyman Hall providing access to all levels.
Please navigate around this site and you will find many facts about our church. However, the real church of flesh and blood people exudes faith, hope and love that is contagious and life-changing. We hope you will join us for worship so you can find out for yourself what we’re all about.
Beyond Sunday morning, we have about 1,200 people that use the beautiful old building each week: from 12-step groups to political action gatherings; women’s groups and interfaith gatherings. First Churches is truly THE MEETINGHOUSE FOR NORTHAMPTON.
A little information on our history: We are the large stone Gothic cathedral here at the center of our city with doors opening onto Main Street. The American Baptist and United Church of Christ congregations joined together in June of 1988 to become The First Churches. The First Church of Christ of Northampton, is the oldest congregation in our city and was established in 1661. The First Baptist Church in Northampton was founded under the leadership of Rev. Benjamin Willard in 1826. Now, both churches share in worship, fellowship, educational classes, programs, and mission and act as one congregation.
Come and see what we’re all about, give us a call or email us and we can contact you. Our church family believes that First Churches is one of the best things about living in the Pioneer Valley. We hope you will, too.