Our musical and artistic offerings are robust and diverse, rooted in a tradition of quality. We value the grounding provided by our historic Hook and Hastings organ (recently renovated in 2013), a beloved feature of our Sanctuary. We value hymnody represented by The New Century Hymnal in our pews, and guests frequently comment on how impressive our congregational singing is. We worship regularly with a:

  • chancel choir
  • handbell ensemble
  • flute choir
  • children’s choir
  • brass quartet

and feature special services each year, including Jazz Sunday, Folk Sunday, and an annual presentation of a large choral work accompanied by orchestra. 

We feature artwork by members of our congregation and the wider community on our chancel during worship, and in our gallery space in the church's Atrium. We acknowledge and value the diverse artistic interests and talent represented by members of our congregation. Members and visitors often comment on the power and beauty of our music and arts ministry.

If you are interested in participating in our varied musical and artistic endeavors, please contact: Mandy Todd, Director of Music and


The Organ at First Congregational Church United Church of Christ was built by the famous Boston builder Hook and Hastings in 1888 and installed in the newly constructed church building in 1889. As most nineteenth century pipe organs in the area, the original organ was powered by a water turbine which is still in place in the building. The instrument has been updated and altered over the years and is still a viable part of the music ministry of First Congregational Church.The original organ had 36 registers but it was expanded and altered in rebuilds in 1952 and 1972. Today, the organ has 50 ranks and 38 stops with three manuals and pedal. Still behind the original facade; the organ was completely refurbished in 2013.

Organ of First Congregational Church,
United Church of Christ Timeline


We have a number of musical ensembles to join. If you would like to get involved in music at FCC, check out these ensembles and contact Mandy Todd, Director of Music and Arts Ministry -