About Us

Church ServiceUnited Congregational Church is a growing and vibrant community of faith.  We worship, care for each other, celebrate, learn, advocate, have fun, and take action as a fellowship of Christian believers.    We welcome all people to join us in our journey together.

Our worship is exciting and creative. The congregation participates in worship by contributing music, serving on worship teams and experimenting with new ideas. Mission, justice, and outreach are central to our vision.  We are a nurturing community. We are trying to listen to what God is calling us to do and to be. We are taking action and trusting that as we do so, our purpose and our relationship with God will become even more real.

We worship in Merriman Chapel which is located at 6 Institute Road in the Worcester Area Mission Society (WAMS) building.

In the winter of 2010, the members of United Congregational Church, took a bold step and voted to donate 6 Institute Road and our endowment to the Worcester Area Mission Society, the mission arm of the Central Association of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ. We continue to worship at 6 Institute Road, but the building now also serves as a hub for Worcester area agencies focused on ending homelessness.

United Congregational/WAMS

Andover-Newton Theological School

Rev Gretchen Switzer, Seminarian Serena Leiser, Rev Nancy Elder-Wilfrid, Rev Bob Bachelder, Seminarian Sarah Jo Gomez-Lorraine

Rev Gretchen Switzer, Seminarian Serena Leiser, Rev Nancy Elder-Wilfrid, Rev Bob Bachelder (WAMS), Seminarian Sarah Jo Gomez-Lorraine

United is a field education site for Andover-Newton Theological School, offering an opportunity for seminary students to experience ministry in an urban setting. We have created a unique setting in which students develop a learning covenant with both United and the Worcester Area Mission Society, dividing their time between pastoral ministry and the service ministries of WAMS.

United Congregational Mission Statement

The United Congregational Church, UCC is a family of faith drawn together by our belief in God and the teachings of Jesus Christ. We are called as an Open and Affirming and Just Peace Congregation to serve, support, and celebrate our diverse community. Being blessed in our downtown location, we, with God’s help, seek to provide sanctuary where we can share with and nurture our neighbors and each other.