The First Congregational Church Gardner MA Steeple

Rebecca Bryson

Gardner, United States

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© 2009 Rebecca Bryson. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use prohibited. My work does NOT belong to the public domain. It may not be used in any way, shape or form without my prior written permission

First Congregational Church’s History
taken from the website of the church

1785 Town of Gardner incorporated

1786 Eight months after town of Gardner was incorporated, The First Congregational Church was founded.

1787 The first meeting-house was begun. The building served as a dual function; as a place of public worship and as a town hall.

1791 The first minister was called, The Reverend Jonathan Osgood. He also was Dr. Osgood, town physician.

1822 Rev. Osgood died; having served the church and town faithfully for 31 years. His grave is in the cemetery behind the present church building.

1878 The present sanctuary and tower were built.

1891 Under the ministry of the Rev. Frank E. Ramsdell, (1891-1896), the vestries, parlor, kitchen, and dining room were added.

1958 Under the ministry of the Rev. Daniel Leavitt, the kitchen was relocated to the first floor, all classrooms were centralized on the second floor, and rest room facilities for men and women were put on both floors.

1967 Worcester North Association, of which this church was a member, dissolved.

1968 Church joined the Middlesex Union Association.

1970 Middlesex Union Association was eliminated.

1970 The church became a member of the Central Association of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC.

1972 With Rev. Berry as minister, the church membership voted to withdraw from the UCC.

1977 With Rev. Condon as minister, the church membership voted to again affiliate with the UCC.

1986 The church celebrated its bicentennial year.

1992 The Rev. Charles B. Mansfield became the church’s minister.

1994 Serious renovations to the church began. Over the next several years, the steeple, roof, stained glass windows, and Rose Window would be repaired.

1998 The Gardner Historical Society undertook the restoration of the Old Cemetery behind the church. This included repairing the table stone on the grave of the Rev. J. Osgood.

1999 The church joined in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the United Church of Christ. The first Congregational Church of Gardner predates the UCC by 13 years.

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