Our History

Faith United Church of Christ is the direct descendent of St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Boston Community Church.  Our roots in Boston Valley go back to 1834. Faith United Church of Christ was established in 1960, three years after the formation of the United Church of Christ as a denomination. Our church was formed from two antecedent church bodies, the Boston Community Christian Church and St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church.

In June of 1952, Rev. Richard Whitney, fresh from the Lancaster Theological Seminary, was sent to assume the pastoral duties of St. Paul’s.  With Rev. Whitney’s leadership and the growth in the town, St. Paul’s was able to gain financial independence in 1957.  During this time the Boston Community Church did not have a full time pastor and the growing membership realized the need for one to oversee Sunday School and other church organizations.  In 1957 the Cooperative Parish was organized with six members from each congregation on the committee.  Pastor Whitney preached at both churches and efforts were made to consolidate as many activities as possible.  A basis of union was approved by both churches on January 10, 1960; a uniting service was held at the Boston Fire Hall on March 13, 1960, and Faith Church was established. 

In July 1960, six acres of land was purchased for a church, parsonage, and large parking lot with room for growth.  Soon after members began working diligently towards the fulfilment of this mission.

In the spring of 1962 Rev. Whitney moved to Churchville, New York, having completed his task of establishing Faith Church.  

Rev. Charles Zechiel was called in July 1963. The building program moved ahead at a steady pace.  Most of the interior work was donated and performed by members of the church including paint, trim, floor tiles and installation of the pews.  The church building was dedicated on May 22, 1966. 

In 1972 Rev. Gary Burdick was called to be our pastor. During the past thirty-five years Faith Church has grown both spiritually and physically.  The church has become involved with the Dunkirk Conference Center, Love In the Name of Christ, Churches In Action, programs of the South Towns Cluster of UCC Churches and the Crop Walk.  Within the church, Bible studies, laity empowerment opportunities, such as Unwrapping Our Gifts program, and long range planning programs, have deepened our congregation’s faith, involvement and commitment to our Faith community.

Three long range planning sessions, with the most recent taking place in 2000, were held.  The outcome of this Vision 2000 project was to build an addition to accommodate classrooms, an office, a music room and storage area.  Program development was also undertaken.  Two previous sessions produced results including the pastor’s sabbatical, paving the parking lot and building an addition to make our facilities accessible to all people regardless of their physical limitations.  Spiritual education and programs were always addressed during these sessions.

An appreciation of music has been fostered within the congregation.  Rev. Burdick's talent and willingness to share that talent has allowed for a variety of music to be experienced at Faith Church.  Local Christian musicians were occasionally invited to share the Word through their music as the Sunday morning sermon.  A small group, “Voices of Faith” was formed in 2001..  

Rev. Burdick retired in September of 2007.  We celebrated and honored his thirty-five years of faithful shepherding.  

Rev. Bonnie Bates was called to serve our congregation in February 2009. She is the first called woman pastor of our church. Since her arrival, the congregation has experienced some change,. We are creating new history, a history that can continue to honor our rich past, but move us to a new level of discipleship in doing the good work God intends for us both locally and globally. Rev. Bates accepted a position in Ohio in February 2014.

Rev. David W. Shoobridge came to us as a Designated Pastor in April 2014. 

Rev. Richard Diekmann became our full time minister on September 27, 2015.

Rev. Theodore Brelsford came to us as Transitional Pastor in May, 2019.

Welcome!

Worship: Sunday, 10:15

Sunday School:  Available on Facebook

Emergency Closing Procedures – All Church closings will be posted on Channels 2, 4, & 7 in the case of inclimate weather or other emergencies. If you have any questions regarding this please contact the Office.

We invite you to come and meet our growing community. Worship with us at Faith Church this Sunday!

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Upcoming Events

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The season of Advent

Advent begins on November 29! On each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas we will light a new candle on our Advent wreath during worship. The word “advent” is related to the word “event” and refers to a happening or a coming to be of something. During Advent we celebrate and anticipate the hope, peace, joy, and love that Christ brings into the world.

If you would like to participate as a candle lighter, please speak with Pastor Ted.

Outdoor Children's Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 20th – in church parking lot after Worship service at approximately 11 am. 

Christmas Eve Service

There will be one Christmas Eve service this year, at 7:00 p.m. on December 24.  The service will also stream live to Facebook as with all of our services now.  This will be a traditional candlelight service with minor modifications for pandemic restrictions.

Communion

Communion will be celebrated as a part of worship on Sunday, November 29th, the first Sunday in Advent, as well as a part of the Christmas Eve Service on December 24th at 7:00 p.m. You are welcome to provide your own elements of bread and/or juice or we will have the elements available as you enter with the bulletins.

Mission & Outreach

Grace for the Journey

Grace for the Journey is a support group for those caregivers, families and friends who are caring for someone who is seriously ill.  The goal of this group is to support our neighbors and friends who are going through difficult times.  Our next meeting is postponed.

  

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                                                                             Prayer Concerns

      Please email your prayer concerns to Pastor Ted (pastor@faithunitedchurchucc.com) or to

Kathy Lounsbury (Kathy@faithunitedchurchucc.com) or call Kathy (941-3529), or stop by the church when it is open and write your concerns on the prayer request sheet in the narthex. Remember, the church office is open 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  And the sanctuary is open for prayer and Pastor Ted is available 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  We have a sign- in board as you enter & hand sanitizer stations in the church and ask that you use them and practice safe social distancing and wear your mask whenever you are in the building.