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Welcome to Second Church!
New to our church or the community? We are so glad that you are visiting our website. Learn more about us on this page and please visit us for Sunday morning worship. I look forward to speaking with you.
Often called Second Church... we are an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, committed to "Widening the Welcome" to all.
We are located in beautiful Boxford, Ma - a rural community in Essex County with a population near 9000 located about 30 minutes north of Boston. Our church was established in 1736. Our current building was erected in 1843 and it sits proudly in the center of West Boxford.
We are blessed with a church campus that includes the parsonage (Pastor's home), outdoor garden chapel (summer worship by the pond), the church sanctuary building and hall, and the park house administration offices and classrooms. The buildings have been maintained well and our recent successful capital campaign has provided us with additional improvements such as accessibility (see below) . Our campaign funds also allowed for the recent restoration of our Woodberry & Harris organ, originally built in 1890.
We are an active congregation of all ages and many talents. We typically welcome 125 people to our Sunday morning worship and attendance rises to 250+ on church holidays. Our Sunday school currently enjoys an enrollment of 60 children.
What Do I Wear?
Members of our congregation enjoy putting on their "Sunday best" while others feel comfortable in casual dress . We believe that the focus is on worship, not wardrobe, so please come in whatever feels right to you. However you come, we are happy to welcome you!
Second Church is accessible to all, regardless of physical ability. We are excited to now have a new accessible entrance and new lift/elevator. Upcoming plans for new accessible restroom facilities and additional improvements are underway. We also offer large-print bulletins and assistive listening devices.
Open and Affirming
The rainbow stripes on the signs outside Second Church have meaning to those who see them as a sign of welcome to people of any race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, physical or mental ability, or sexual orientation. Following the example of Jesus, at Second Church we proclaim a gospel of extravagant love and welcome that extends to everybody—gay and straight, young and old, educated and less educated, rich and poor, believers and doubters, sinners and saints.
For more information, visit our OPEN and AFFIRMING PAGE.
Our Worship Service
Worship services are celebrated each Sunday morning throughout the year. In the summer months, we worship together outdoors in our garden chapel, nestled under the pines along the water's edge. Our services include a bible-based sermon by our pastor, lots of singing, the sharing of joys and concerns and prayer. For more details of worship at Second Church, visit our WORSHIP PAGE.
* Our staff is wonderfully helpful, qualified and experienced in church service. For information about our staff, visit our STAFF PAGE.
* A picture speaks a thousand words - check out our PHOTO GALLERY to see our church family life in action.
* If you interested in the financial life of our community, visit the STEWARDSHIP PAGE.
No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!