First United Church of Christ - Welcome To Our Website!

Serving Witness to Word and Sacrament in Downtown Reading Since 1753

Historic First UCC Is The Warm Heart Of Reading

Historic First United Church of Christ has been Reading's warm heart since 1753. We invite you to take part in our historic church's new mission, to share in the energy and enthusiasm of our church's mission! We would be delighted to welcome you into our fellowship or to answer any questions you may have about our faith.

Like all things worthwhile, First Church is worth the effort. Many of our members live outside Reading but believe our mission is worth the commute. It is. We are located at 611 Washington Street, directly across the street from the YMCA. We are the church closest to the Court House. Look for our towering gray steeple, the one with the cross on top.

There is abundant free parking in the Walnut and Poplar Streets Garage near First Church - at the entrance, just pull a ticket and the gate will go up. You will not need the ticket when you leave because the "exit" gate will be open.

First Church members believe that we are saved by God's grace through faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. First Church is a minority Sacramental Community bearing its witness to our Lord's birth, life death and resurrection.

First Church Invites You To Get Involved

  • Sunday Worship at 8:45 and 10:45am
  • Adult Sunday School at 9:35am each Sunday
  • Youth Sunday School at 9:35am each Sunday
  • Children's Music Ministry at 9:45am (September through May)
  • Nursery
  • Tuesday Worship from 12:05pm to 12:20pm
  • Sunday Holy Eucharist seven times per year
  • Chair Lift to air-conditioned Sanctuary
  • Senior Choir and Bell Choir
  • "Souls of Hope" Fellowship Group
  • Confirmation Program available for our young people
  • Traditional Liturgy
  • Special Ethnic and Religiously Themed Sundays
  • Commitment to Inner-City Ministry
  • On-Line Bible Study
  • Congregational Fellowship Dinners at a local restaurant after worship once a month
  • Assistance for Sight, Hearing and Walking Impaired
  • Annual Church Picnic
  • Continental Breakfast (Christmas & Easter) between services
  • Children's Advent and Easter Programs
  • Angel Tree at Christmas to benefit Bethany Children's Home
  • Lay Worship Ministry: Greeters, Ushers, Acolytes, Lectors

Senior Center Ministry

First Church is proud of its Senior Center. Its stated purpose is to combat loneliness, to prevent withdrawal, to restore participants self-confidence, interest in others, and interest in daily activities.

Senior Center meets for two 12-week sessions, September through December and March through June, from 10am to 2pm on Tuesday. A hot lunch is available at a moderate cost or you may bring a brown bag lunch.

See the Senior Center page on this website for more information.

Our Music Ministry

Members and friends of First Church may involve themselves in our music ministry as participants or listeners.

  • Senior Choir leads worship at the 10:45am service every Sunday of the year. We rehearse on Thursday evenings, September through May.
  • Handbell Choir rings once a month from September through May. We rehearse on Thursday evenings. We currently have five octaves of Malmark handbells and handchimes.
  • Children's Music Ministry is for all ages. Music Time is from 9:45 to 9:55am on Sunday mornings. We normally perform during worship services two times a year.
  • First Church Concert Series This outreach program normally includes four concerts. We include a varied slate of performers, from classical to jazz. This series is funded solely through donations from members and friends.

See the Music page on this website for more information.

Tuesday Worship Service/Holy Eucharist

First Church is located near many office buildings. We believe it is important to offer a significant worship opportunity to the community. Our brief Tuesday Worship service is held in our sanctuary from 12:05 to 12:25pm each week. Holy Communion is offered for those who wish to participate.

Outreach Ministry

  • Senior Center
  • Concert Series
  • Prayer Shawls
  • Meetings for people in Recovery