About Us

Learn more about our church, history and team.

Members of the congregation stand in front of the church building

We are an Open and Affirming Church of the United Church of Christ.  In our effort to share the love of Christ with everyone, we follow his example and so are open to, and affirming of, all people, regardless of background, racial or gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other defining characteristic.  We are a non-creedal church; that means no one is required to state or adhere to any religious creed.  We are bound together by our shared experience of Divine Love and our affirmation of Jesus as the normative reflection of that Love.

To express God’s love in action, compassion, and justice.

To bring transforming grace to individuals and the world around us through community outreach and proclamation of the Gospel.

Welcome! No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here. We are an Open and Affirming congregation striving to reflect and live out God’s radical love and extravagant welcome. Our church is a grounded part of our community, yet we welcome and connect with visitors and members from across the county and beyond. 

As you navigate our website, and if you wonder what to do next, you’re invited to worship with us on Sundays at 10am. We are currently worshiping in-person, but if you prefer, you may join us from the comfort of your home. If it feels like the right spiritual home for you, or if you have questions and want to learn more, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

​​​​​​​God’s peace and blessings on your search for a church home, we’d love to see you here.

The church was organized as the First Congregational Church of Baldwinville in Union Hall on January 4, 1874, with 51 Charter members.  The first two deacons were ordained and were noted for driving to church in shiny coaches driven by gleaming black horses.  A new church building was constructed at the corner of Elm and Memorial Streets in 1883 (at the cost of $9,000!).

Over the years, the church was blessed by many fine pastors and ministered to the needs of many through its programs of outreach and financial resources for foreign and domestic missions.

As a Congregational church, all major church decisions are made by vote of the congregation.  We covenant with and support the ministries of other churches but are not part of a hierarchical system.  Our covenantal relationship with those churches is through a denominational system that we are part of.  That denomination, originally the Congregational Christian Churches, merged with two other denominations on June 25,1957 to from the United Church of Christ.

The congregation voted to become an “Open and Affirming” church in the UCC on January 29, 2006.  As an Open and Affirming congregation we are open to and affirming of people of all races, genders, and sexual orientations.

In 2020, the COVID pandemic caused the church to cease worshipping in the church building and hold all services virtually on Facebook video.  After the crisis subsided, we returned to the sanctuary, worshipping in person (as well as sharing conversation and coffee in the fellowship hall after worship) but also offering the video for those who are homebound or who wish to remain at home.  Subsequently, our numbers in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings have lessened, but our spirit and mutual love has not.

We always welcome new people to join in our fellowship.

See the Our Team page to learn more about our church leaders and staff.

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