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The Congregational Church and her copper steeple have been at the center of the community across from the South Common for over 175 years with roots as long-standing as the community itself. We'd like to think that we've seasoned enough over the years to reveal a practical wisdom, an enthusiastic inclusiveness, and a joyful desire to serve God at the heart of the community. Situated at the crossroads of Mansfield you might think of us like the leaven in the loaf that Jesus mentioned. The yeast enhanced the dough lending it depth, flavor and texture. We strive to be that leaven, utilizing our many gifts for: the up-building of community, the fostering of understanding, and the bearing of light to lives darkened by a host of circumstances. We are conduits of God's love overflowing to the community and world.

Whether it's wrestling with theological controversy that gave rise to our origin, gathering together those who shared abolitionist sentiment during the mid-19th century, serving as a hospital setting for the care of souls during the 1918 influenza outbreak, forming a Community Food Pantry in the late 1990's, sending a construction team to New Orleans to aid hurricane recovery in 2008, helping rebuild in southern Vermont after floods caused by Hurricane Irene, or becoming an "Open & Affirming Church" in 2012 (which welcomes the LGBT community as a sign of God's love and acceptance), we simply provide a warm, engaging, progressive Christian witness. As we proceed through the early 21st century, God continues to touch our lives calling us to responsive, caring mission. These are but a few of the historic pieces that provide substance for our church life and which shape our identity and character.

Our 270 members and friends are thankful for the journey that has brought you here as, even now, God prepares to write the next chapter of the mission and ministry entrusted to us. Together we strive to "live the faith that Jesus fully embodied" as his hands and heart at work in the world today.

God is Still Speaking every moment...to us...and through us! Welcome to this wonderful adventure in faith.
 

Meet Our Staff

Our staff believes in teamwork where each person’s duties contribute to the upbuilding of the Body of Christ. They are always here to assist you and to help you be involved in the wider ministry of the church.

Rev. Ted Newcomb, Pastor
PastorTedPastor Ted arrived in November 2004 to serve as the church’s 18th called pastor since it’s formation in 1838. A native of Braintree, MA, he is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and Andover Newton Theological School (M.Div. ’80). Ted has served churches in Michigan, Vermont, and Pennsylvania before returning to Massachusetts for a one year interim in Amesbury prior to being called to Mansfield. He brings a love for outdoor ministries, a strong interest in intercultural and interfaith dialogue, continues a life-long involvement with model rocketry, delights in kayaking and has a passion for woodworking. He and his wife Betsy have 3 grown children and are currently building their eventual retirement home in Vermont near Mount Snow. Ted believes it is highly important to fashion a cohesive, caring, inclusive community at the heart of our church life with a very strong commitment to “hands on” mission as we strive to be the hands and heart of Christ. In addition, he understands that worship and church life in general must be flexible and adaptive as we meet, greet and welcome others into the body of Christ.

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