Acton Congregational Church
The history of the Acton Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, is rooted in the Trinitarian-Congregational tradition. We have over eight hundred members from a wide variety of church backgrounds and experiences who come together to worship God and to serve Christ and His people. We encourage growth in Christian discipleship and we care for each other.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of Acton Congregational Church, which it shares with the Church Universal, is to preach and teach the good news of the salvation that was secured for us at great cost through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The church encourages each individual to accept the gift of Christ and to respond to God’s love by taking part in worship, ministry to one another, and the Christian nurture of people of all ages. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are called as servants of Christ to live our faith in our daily lives and to reach out to people of this community and the world with love, care, and concern for both their physical and spiritual needs.
The vision statements below are outcomes or descriptions of a destination, i.e. where we believe God is calling Acton Congregational Church to be in the near term future. They are not intended to describe the way we are today, nor are they to be a reflection or criticism on where we are now. These vision statements form a guide as to where we believe God is calling us to go, and help us make the appropriate decisions to get there.
Our church has God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit at the center; we hear and teach the word of God in the Scriptures. All will discover that the Christian life is a shared journey of discipleship, and not just a membership in an organization called a congregation. While we may not all take the same path, we will experience that as we worship, learn and work together, God transforms us, such that we grow emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually as followers of Jesus.
As ministers for Christ, we connect our faith with life in the workplace, home, community and world. Witnessing to the external community, our church engages with the primary social issues of today's world. We seek social justice and work against discrimination. Our church has frequent opportunities to discuss and act on such challenges. Members participate in civic efforts to improve the quality of life in our community, and are encouraged to do so by our church.
Our members love this church. Our church is encouraging, supporting, loving and caring of one another. It generates lots of vitality, and has a strong, positive and optimistic attitude. Members are eager to be involved, and the congregation appreciates the Christian work of every participant, whether it is high-profile or behind-the-scenes.
Believing in the priesthood of all believers, the clergy and lay leadership engage and invite the members to participate in the work and ministry of the church. With the help of the Holy Spirit, members discover their God-given spiritual gifts and develop those gifts to exercise in ministry. The clergy and lay leadership empower and equip members to serve Christ, supporting them on the basis of their gifts and passions and encouraging them in a warm and caring relationship with open communication. The clergy welcomes this personal relationship.