First Congregational Church in Amherst will temporarily share its space with the Unitarian Society
AMHERST — Beginning this week and for the next five months, Amherst’s Unitarian Universalist Society will hold Sunday meetings and religious education classes in the First Congregational Church on Main Street while the Society rebuilds its meetinghouse at the corner of Kellogg Avenue and North Pleasant Street.
First Church will continue to offer its morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sundays, with its coffee hour immediately to follow. The Unitarian Society takes over the building for the afternoons, with services at 2 p.m. and its own coffee hour afterward.
Details on a rental agreement were worked out this summer. A reception Sunday hosted by First Church officially welcomed the Unitarians to the building.
The Unitarian Society’s pastor, the Rev. Alison Wohler, thanked First Church for opening its doors to her congregation. “The second greatest need of the Unitarian Universalist Society in order for our building project to be a success (after finding the funding, of course) has been finding a space in which to keep ourselves together as a congregation for both our worship and our religious education programing,” she said in a statement released by First Church.
First Church’s pastor, the Rev. Vicki Kemper, said that her congregation is used to welcoming other groups into its church and is happy to host the Unitarians. “The Society’s schedule and ours will make for tight quarters and cozy relations at times, but we are thrilled to be able to provide a temporary home for them and we look forward to opportunities for deepening our relationship,” she said.