Our Story

You might know us as “Church at the Green” or “that big white church” at the intersection of Routes 105 and 44. Our large white meetinghouse has been a landmark in Middleboro for generations. The church was organized in 1694 by Samuel Fuller, the son of a Pilgrim of the famed Mayflower. The church has witnessed every major event in American history, but what is most amazing is God’s faithfulness.

For more than 325 years, God has preserved a passion for preaching the Gospel and serving our community at First Congregational Church. Today, Pastor Smith teaches in an expository-style, helping listeners to understand Scripture verse-by-verse and showing us how, then, we should live.

Our buildings are handicapped accessible and people of all backgrounds and ages are welcome. Our church is multi-generational. Depending upon where you sit, you might find yourself next to a toddler, teenager, middle-aged adult, or senior. Some of our members have followed Jesus for years and some are entirely new to faith. Visitors are welcome each and every Sunday. We hope you’ll come and be restored by time spent worshiping our Creator. You were made by God and you are loved by God.

Our Beliefs

We believe the Bible is inspired by God and contains no errors, therefore it has authority over us as Christians. So these articles of faith, gathered from God’s Word, are the truths which we build our life upon.

Articles of Faith

  1. We believe there is only one living and true God, the Creator of all things, and that in the god-Head there are three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and that these three are one true, eternal God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory, although distinguished by their personal properties.
  2. We believe the Holy Scriptures contained in the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God to be the rule of faith and practice.
  3. We believe God made all things for Himself; that known unto Him are all His works from the beginnings; that He worketh all things after the counsel of His own will; and that His laws and the principles and administration of His government are perfectly holy and just and good.
  4. We believe that God created man in His own image, perfectly holy, and that he fell from that happy state by transgressing the divine command, and in consequence of the first apostasy, all men, previous to regeneration, are destitute of holiness, unreconciled to God, and under condemnation.
  5. We believe the Son of God has, by His obedience, sufferings and death, made an adequate atonement for sin, and that all who are saved will be wholly indebted to the sovereign grace of God through His atonement.
  6. We believe that such provision is made in the Gospel, that whoever will, may take of the water of life freely, yet, that sinners will not come to Jesus Christ except they are made willing by the special regenerating influences of the Spirit of God.
  7. We believe, that for those who are ordained to eternal life, who alone will believe in Jesus Christ, there is no condemnation; but they will be kept by power of God through faith unto salvation.
  8. We believe the qualification of admission into the church of Christ is, in the sight of God, real piety, and in the sight of man apparent piety, and that all who are in regular standing in the church have a right to all the ordinances of His house, and baptism for their children.
  9. We believe that every church has authority from the Great Head of the church to administer censure upon members who walk disorderly, and that it is not required to refer their decisions to any other earthly tribunal.
  10. We believe, that secret and family prayer, reading of the Scriptures a religious observance of the Sabbath, a punctual attendance of the public worship of God, and such appointments of the church for prayer or conference meetings, as are in accordance with the Scriptures, are important privileges and duties of professed Christians, and that a holy life is the best evidence we can give of piety.
  11. We believe that, at the second coming of Christ, there will be a resurrection, both of the just and unjust; when all mankind will stand before the judgment seat of Christ, to receive a just and final retribution, according to the deeds done in the body; and that the wicked will then go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal.

Although not official documents of the First Congregational Church, the following have long been recognized as standards of historic Congregationalism.  The Cambridge Platform speaks to how Congregational Churches in early New England understood their local church government, and the Savoy Declaration is a Congregational response to the Westminster Confession of Faith.

Cambridge Platform of 1648

Savoy Declaration of Faith and Order 1658

Our church covenant is an expression of the relationship we have with God and also with each other. We enter into this covenant when becoming members of First Congregational Church. Membership and our church covenant are not just traditions of the church, they express what Scripture calls us to as followers of Christ.

Church Covenant

In the presence of the heart-searching God, of angels and men, we declare the Lord Jehovah to be our God. We give up ourselves, our time, talents, and all we have to the Lord. We resolve, by the help of Divine grace, to cleave to God and the Lord Jesus Christ in the way of Gospel obedience. We propose to make the Holy Scriptures, at all times, the rule of our faith and practice, so far as, by the grace of God, we shall be enabled to understand them.

We do also, by a solemn Covenant, give up ourselves to this church according to the will of God, promising to walk with one another in the holy communion and ordinances of the Gospel, willingly subjecting ourselves to the watch and discipline of this church, and engaging to watch over our fellow members with love, care, and faithfulness, for our mutual edification.

Our vision is to be a people Covenanting In Christ To Disciple Our Families and the World.

Covenanting…

The Scripture describes the church as a “family” and a “body and tells its members to love one another, encourage one another, bear with one another, exhort one another, pray for one another, and so forth. We are brought into a covenant relationship with each other by the God who has drawn us into a covenant with himself and as expressed in our Church Covenant. We are not individuals in casual relationships with one another, but a people made one in Christ.

In Christ…

These two words capture the heart of the Gospel. “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7). Our life comes from Christ and is to be lived to his glory. It is our unity in Christ that gives our covenantal commitment its strength and purpose.

To Disciple…

Our mission is to “make disciples” of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19). Discipleship has two parts: first, calling people to a faith in Jesus Christ which is expressed in baptism; and second, teaching them how to walk in a life of obedience to their new Lord. This is the great work of the church. Our aim is to offer ways by which anyone (at whatever age and at whatever level of spiritual understanding) can enter into the process of becoming a disciple of Jesus with our. Our discipleship has two specific focal points:

Our Families…

The first and primary small group ministry designed by God is the family. In a day when family ties and order are severely weakened, we seek to encourage and equip families of whatever size and composition to be “little churches” where God is worshipped and where godly fathers (when present) joyfully exercise spiritual leadership.

And the World.

There remain many men, women and children, near and far, from our neighborhoods, workplaces and schools to distant countries, who have yet to hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to bring Christ to them and help those who believe to go on to maturity in Christ.

Our Leaders

Our Affiliations

  • Conservative Congregational Christian Conference
  • New England Reformed Fellowship
  • National Pro-Life Religious Council
  • Gospel Coalition
  • Reformed Congregational Fellowship