In 1741 the newly formed town of Holden took its first official vote "to have the gospel preached in said town"
and in 1742 the First Religious Society of Holden called its first minister, Rev. Joseph Davis, and this church was officially
Our church traces its roots back to the Puritans and Pilgrims
who first settled the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the early 1600s and the congregational vision they had of a church governed
not by bishops, popes or kings but governed by the people under the authority of God alone.
This church building, built on land donated by John Hancock, has seen many changes over the years
and holds a rich history as several generations have come through its doors to worship God, serve Christ and be part of a
For much more detail on our
History of First Congregational Church
(U.C.C) Holden Massachusetts
by Jane P. Neale © 2003 (available
for purchase from the church office)
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