It is time, once again, to bring you a new Celebrating Churches exhibit. This quarter, a brief history of First Church of Christ in Bradford, Massachusetts, is on display in the Reading Room.
First Church of Christ in Bradford was founded in 1682 and is perhaps best known for its involvement in benevolent work in the 1800s. The church sent several missionaries out into both the local and global mission fields, and established a society whose purpose was to support female teachers in the surrounding area. The Bradford church was also the sight of the 1810 General Assembly meeting where a group of students and clergy put forth the proposal that eventually led to the founding of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM).
First Church of Christ continues to this day, holding regular services and offering many opportunities for fellowship. You can visit their website for more information. If you would like to see the colonial period records of the church, I encourage you to check out their collection in our New England's Hidden Histories program. If you're in the area, stop by and check out this exhibit, our exhibit on colonial church records, or our featured selection of books by and about Cotton Mather.