First Church in Sterling

Gathered in the spirit of Jesus.
Committed to creating heaven on Earth.
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The First Church in Sterling today is one of the strongest examples among the 75 or so multi-denominational congregations in Massachusetts. Its present membership reflects not only the heritage of the Unitarian (UUA), Baptist (ABC) and Congregationalist (UCC) “free church” traditions, but is enriched by those who have come from backgrounds as diverse as Lutheran, Methodist, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and others who have joined a Christian church for the first time. And in the best of the free church tradition, we have our unity not in a fixed creed, but in the responsibility of each person to interpret and understand the Christian faith and the Bible in the light of their own experience. Despite our many differences, we unite in the belief that God is Love and Love is God.
Our church is passionate about our mission: to create heaven here on earth, and to love the hell out of this world! Click below to read a welcome letter from our pastors.
Pastoral Letter




Kids & Youth



We are a proudly Open and Affirming congregation. We welcome people of all ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, family configurations, economic circumstances, physical, cognitive or emotional abilities, education,  and religious traditions. We welcome you to come as you are and to meet this God who challenges us to be more than we think we can be. We know that the church at times has rejected difference and denied God’s promise for itself and for others, which is why we say without reservation: we welcome you as God welcomes you, as a beloved child. Read our Open and Affirming Covenant below.


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