City Church Expresses Interest In Merging

The First Congregational United Church of Christ is interested in bringing churches together that need a place to worship or that wish to expand.

“This is basically a plea to the community,” said Jerry Steves, moderator at the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Steves said the church has the facilities other congregations may need, and a merger would allow them access to the utilities without the need to pay rent.

In addition, by combining services and merging congregations, churches will be able to offer additional services they may not have been able to in the past, such as Sunday school and a youth group.

“Like so many churches today, we are losing our congregation base due to people no longer using their churches as a foundation for their lives,” he said. “By combining congregations we would make one larger church with the purpose of preaching the word of God.”

Located at 317 E. Third St. in Jamestown, the building has been around since 1837 and is the first and oldest religious establishment in this region. The congregation has existed since 1816. Those interested in pursuing the idea should contact Steves at 488-3008.