First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ is a few buildings away from the four corners of downtown Springfield. We have a high rise senior housing building across the street and the Black River running behind us. We have a green space on the east side of the building that is basically unchanged since the last fifty plus years. It is a raggedy place full of yews, hemlocks, a large maple that hides the entrance and grapevines and Japanese honeysuckle growing everywhere.
Our new mission statement, “We are a community in Christ, called to act with love toward our neighbors.”, gave us a goal to make this green space a place open and inviting to all. We want to invite our neighbors to come and sit in a peaceful place, have conversations, eat lunch or just be in the moment in a busy town.