First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine

An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ

Serve Our World

Support of high school students in Lesotho, Southern Africa

Two students at Qholaqhoe High School in the remote mountains of Lesotho are sponsored by our church through Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections, a non-profit program that supports the people of the region. Funds come from our Outreach Committee and through the fundraising efforts of the Youth Group.

These two young women are in school because of our church’s commitment to pay their yearly tuition and testing fees. Both Arabang (a Junior, Form D) and Motselisi (a Senior, Form E) are hard working students who have done well and who are most appreciative of the support given them by far off friends.

A wonderful relationship with Arabang (at top left) and Motselisi (bottom left) has grown through the regular exchange of letters and through ongoing updates that Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections board members share with us. More information here.


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Volunteer knitters create and distribute prayer shawls to anyone in need of comfort and prayer while our prayer shawl "angels” provide funding for the yarn we use.

Each week our knitters (and crocheters) meet to create shawls in a variety of colors and patterns. Over 500 shawls have found homes from the mid-coast to the west coast and across the globe. For more information call the church office.


Our Church’s Wider Mission

This is the name given to congregational gifts that support wider UCC ministries worldwide. It is supported through our pledges to the church budget. Monies are sent to the United Church of Christ in support of programs that are in keeping with the denomination’s belief in God’s continuing testament in the world, our belief in a welcoming and open understanding of Christianity in response to disasters and human tragedies and our belief in the power of transforming lives through the support of the greater church and its clergy. More information here.


One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing funds make possible disaster relief, refugee assistance, development aid and more. It is one of the five basic support areas of Our Church’s Wider Mission and a separate offering is collected annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This offering makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, as well as those who serve them through gifts of money and time. Today, projects are underway in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada. Our church collects a special offering once a year in support of the work of One Great Hour of Sharing. More information here. Special collections are taken for disaster relief as needed.


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