About Us

First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, United Church of Christ, is a vibrant community of faith, celebrating more than 150 years of worship, fellowship, music and service in the heart of Essex. 

Our Covenant

We covenant one with another to seek and respond to the Word and the will of God. We agree to walk together in the ways of the Lord, made known and to be made known to us. We hold it to be the mission of the Church to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world, while worshiping God, and striving for truth, justice, and peace. As in the past, we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead and empower us. We pray for the coming of the kingdom of God, and we look with faith toward the triumph of righteousness and eternal life.

Our Mission

We build relationships with God, each other, the community, and the world through prayer, worship, fellowship, education, outreach, and service.

Our Vision

To be the church that most fully embodies Christ’s vision of love by fulfilling the spiritual and physical needs of our community.

Our Values

Inquiry: We grow through an intellectual journey and feel empowered to challenge, question, and explore our faith.

Inclusion: We are an open and affirming, diverse, and inclusive congregation that offers an invitation to meet Jesus Christ no matter where you are on life’s spiritual journey.

Service: We seek opportunities to live Christ’s love through active engagement in our world.

Fellowship: We express kindness and compassion with each other through Christian community.

Stewardship: We are responsible in the use of our time, talent, and treasure to care for our church.

Worship: We express our faith through meaningful experiences in the presence of God through Word, Sacrament, Music, and Fellowship.

Fun: We are a place where people can laugh and be joyful.

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Open and Affirming Statement

The First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, United Church of Christ, is an Open and Affirming congregation, embracing diversity and affirming the dignity and worth of every person, because we are all created by a loving God. We seek to live Christ’s call for compassion, justice, healing and wholeness in life. Therefore, we welcome into our community persons of every race, gender, age, sexual orientation, faith background, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, mental and physical ability, economic and social position, gender identity and expression, level of education and family structure. We invite all to share in the life, leadership, ordained ministry, lay ministry, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, fellowship, blessings, and joys of our congregation as we seek to grow together in faith and love.

United Church of Christ Statement of Faith

We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Father, and to his deeds we testify:

He calls the worlds into being, creates man in his own image and sets before him the ways of life and death.

He seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

He judges men and nations by his righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,he has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to himself.

He bestows upon us his Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

He calls us into his church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be his servants in the service of men, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.

He promises to all who trust him forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, his presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in his kingdom which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto him.

Amen.