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The First Congregational Church of Natick has both deep roots in the history of the town and vital growth in new directions that stretch us far beyond our borders.
Organized in 1651 on the banks of the Charles River by the Reverend John Eliot, its mission was to reach out to native peoples with the gospel and respond to their circumstances. By 1799, the native settlement was gone and the fourth meetinghouse was built in the center of Natick to serve the needs of a growing town. This was the beginning of the rich history of First Congregational Church of Natick.
Our mission is still rooted in Eliot's foundational vision. We believe that we are called "to express the love and welcome of Christ through word and action in our community and in the wider world." As individuals, we come from many places and represent a variety of experiences. We are an active congregation, committed to a spiritual search, with outreach goals that link us to projects around the globe. The tradition of using our resources to respond to human need is still very much alive today. We invite you to explore whether our vision is one that you might share!
We are an Open and Affirming Church in that we embrace and support those who experience rejection and find themselves to be in exile from spiritual community. We welcome people of every ability, race, culture, gender, economic circumstance, gender identity and sexual orientation.