Church History

First Congregational Church of Sheffield, Massachusetts was gathered in December 1743 as Second Church in North Parish of Sheffield. Samuel Hopkins was called as the church's first minister. The parish was organized in 1740 and in 1761 was incorporated as the town of Great Barrington where the church is now known as First Congregational Church of Great Barrington. Samuel Hopkins was dismissed from his position as pastor in 1769 at his own request after the town landowners refused to pay his salary due to doctrinal disagreements.

Digital Materials

Confession of faith, 1743

Confession of faith written at the time of the church's founding and signed by Samuel Hopkins, Deacon Jonah Pixley, and others.