The First Church in Sterling is gathered in the spirit of Jesus, and committed to creating the kingdom of heaven on earth.
We welcome people of all ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, family configurations, economic circumstances, physical, cognitive or emotional abilities, education, spiritual and religious traditions (believers, non-believers and questioning believers) as we grow in faith and service together.
We welcome you to come as you are and meet this God who challenges us to be more than we think we can be. We welcome you if you are not perfect because neither are we. We know that the church itself has rejected difference and denied God’s promises for itself and for others which is why we say without reservation that you are welcome here just as God welcomes you, as a beloved child.
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 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.