As followers of Jesus Christ, the One we have come to know as Sovereign and Savior, we, the members and friends of the Congregational Church of Amherst, New Hampshire, United Church of Christ, are a diverse community coming from many personal and faith backgrounds. We covenant together, in mutual respect and love, to discern God’s purposes for us and for our church.
- We believe that God calls us to welcome all persons, enthusiastically and without any preconditions, to full participation in our common faith journey as a church.
- We believe that God calls us to be transformed, through worship, study, prayer, Christian education, fellowship and service, into ever more complete and faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
- We believe that God calls us to go out into the world as disciples and servants, sharing the Good News of God’s love with all people as we actively live out our faith.
We pledge to continue to listen for the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit in our midst, in the ways we conduct our life together as the church of Jesus Christ.
Who we are
We are a local community church in the Protestant Christian tradition.
We are a 600+ member church of the United Church of Christ (UCC), which consists of more than 6,000 local churches with more than 1,337,000 confirmed members across the United States and around the world. Together, we participate in ministries of personal piety and social responsibility.
Locally, CCA is a member-church within the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ, a fellowship of 138 UCC congregations with more than 28,000 confirmed members. And, we are a member-church of the Hillsborough Association of the New Hampshire Conference, a fellowship of 24 congregations within Hillsborough County.
Characteristics of the United Church of Christ and this church can be summarized by the names of our four predecessor denominations.
We are Christian because we declare ourselves to be a part of the body of Christ – the Christian witness of the early disciples to the reality and power of the crucified, risen and ever-present Christ, Jesus of Nazareth.
We are Reformed because all four of our predecessor denominations arose from the 16th century Protestant Reformers, confessing the authority of one God, the primacy of the Scriptures, the doctrine of justification by faith, the priesthood of all believers, the principle of Christian freedom, and celebrating Baptism and Holy Communion.
We are Congregational because the basic unit of the United Church of Christ is the local congregation. Confirmed members of each congregation covenant with one another and with God as revealed in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
We are Evangelical in that we understand the primary calling of members and churches is to proclaim the gospel or evangel – the “good news” of God’s love. Thus, we proclaim this gospel of Jesus Christ to individual persons and to society in words and deeds. This proclamation is the heart of the liturgy that is our worship.