In May of 1886, in a one room schoolhouse, the Barker District Sunday School was organized and for twenty seven years ministers of various denominations took part in the services. In 1913 the need for a larger building led to the organization of the Forest Street Union Church, as a community church. The building was built of field stone given by the owners of nearby farms. Those who owned teams of horses hauled the stone to the site and those with carpentry skills contributed their expertise. The church was officially organized on June 11, 1913. The church is located on land donated for use as long as it is being used for a church. In 1962, the congregation voted to became a Member of United Church of Christ (UCC) soon after the UCC was organized. Since then the church has actively participated in the ministry of the Massachusetts Conference UCC and the Northeast Association.
Today Forest Street Union Church is a place where you can feel at home, be yourself, and know that you are truly welcome.
We are a community which tends to be informal and where worship is celebratory.
We are practical, focusing on how faith applies to the reality of daily living.
We are an Open and Affirming (ONA) Congregation recognized by the UCC.
We are a participating member of the LGBTQ Welcoming Communities of Faith.