The church’s buildings
May 9, 2022
The times we live in are full - full of challenge and adversity. They are also full of possibility and opportunity. In such times, organizations grounded in truth, girded in hope, and dedicated to goodness make all the difference. In such times, places that bring people together, offer a safe place to explore truth and meaning, and unite us in a shared purpose of love can make all the difference. I believe that just such an organization exists in The First Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ in Stockbridge. I know we have experienced how the buildings that have graced Four Main Street since 1824 have provided just such a place. Here and together, church and community, we have tackled matters personal and profound, we have engaged occasions intimate and grand, we have gathered for moments of unbounding joy and deep sorrow. Last Fall, the church voted to embark upon a critical capital campaign. We do not just aim to restore these buildings for the sake of history, but to equip them to meet the needs of today. We do not just aim to fix ailing systems, but to make them more effective, efficient, and green. We do not just aim to shore up structures or address aesthetics, but to make this place more durable, accessible, comfortable, welcoming, usable, and safe. Among the major initiatives we plan to undertake include a new universal accessibility ramp that is safe and that is built complimentary to our historic architecture. Our common meeting room (or the Jonathan Edwards Room) will be getting a thorough renovation to serve the many internal and external functions that take place there. Already our steps have been repaired with new local handrails. Already safety systems have been improved. We are on the way.