First Congregational Church of Milton - Milton, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
N 42° 15.256 W 071° 04.729
19T E 328520 N 4680100
Quick Description: The First Congregational Church of Milton is one of two white clapboard churches at Milton Center - this building was built in 1834-5 after a split in the assembly over theological disagreements.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 5/21/2012 6:14:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMEFDF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 2

Long Description:
In Milton, along Canton Street and east of a gazebo, is a white clapboard church that is the First Congregational Church of Milton.

The church is visible from Canton Street. Be sure you are at the right church - there is another clapboard church that is the Unitarian-Universalist church - this was once where the Congregationalists met, as well - I'll get back to this.

The church that is the focus of this waymark is at the end of a U-shaped driveway and another drive along the side to the town hall to the west and the fire station to the rear. The church sanctuary has a large and more modern addition at the rear. There is a steeple at the front end with a tall four-sided spire, topped with a weathervane. There is a belfry with vanes painted black. There are three doors at the entrance. Rectangularly shaped paned windows are above the doors and along the sides.

This church is not the oldest in Milton. That goes to the other white church to the west. The origins of this congregation go back to the pilgrims and Puritans. The first permanent minister was Peter Thacher, who started in 1680. eventually a meeting house was built. In 1834, due to a theological "disagreement" over the nature of Jesus Christ, the congregation split. The congregation that became the "First Parish" Unitarian-Universalist Church retained the meeting house, while the congregation that became the Congregational Church built a new church across the town green. They were able to build a new meeting house in less than a year (hence the date below). Today, the two church congregations are on friendly terms.

The Congregational Church has Sunday Services at 10:00 am. There are various education and fellowship activities associated with this church, and there are charitable activities through their Board of Benevolence.
Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 1/1/1835

Age of Church building determined by?: Church website

If denomination of Church is not part of the name, please provide it here: Congregational (United Church of Christ)

If Church holds a weekly worship service and "all are welcome", please give the day of the week: Sunday

Indicate the time that the primary worship service is held. List only one: 10:00 AM

Street address of Church:
495 Canton Avenue
Milton, MA United States of America
02186


Primary website for Church or Historic Church Building: [Web Link]

If Church is open to the public, please indicate hours: Not listed

Secondary Website for Church or Historic Church Building: Not listed

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