Worship that is both provocative and contemplative is an important part of the life of our congregation. The First Church of Deerfield observes the Liturgical Year of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. Within this Liturgical Calendar we have two Christmas Eve Worship Services, Ash Wednesday Service, Palm/Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday Service, Easter Day Celebration, Pentecost Sunday, and World Communion Sunday. In addition to these seasonal worship services, the congregation observes a “Thanksgiving Seder Meal” on the Sunday preceding Thanksgiving at which we remember our historical ties with the early Puritan Settlers at Plymouth, Massachusetts by sharing a community meal and recalling events in the life of our early New England forebears.
We celebrate the Service of Communion regularly to which all are invited to the table. In our tradition, communion is an inclusive act of worship. Click here to view two examples of our orders of worship.
Our worship service is at 10:00 a.m. Sundays. When entering through the front doors, you will be facing the congregation, which can be disconcerting the first visit. Pews are not “assigned” and you are invited to sit anywhere. Children join us for the early part of the service, then recess to Sunday School. Though there is no nursery, due to our architectural limitations, a changing table is available on the second floor. The service lasts an hour, following a traditional Protestant order of service.
Join us for fellowship and coffee following worship served in the front hall. We receive frequent visitors, from tourists to the families of students in area schools to those who come to hear our organ.