First Church Cambridge

Founded in 1633, First Church in Cambridge can claim an incomparable legacy of early American history, venerable ministers, progressive ideology and 375 years of faithful service to the community. Aware of its history, the current congregation is also deeply committed to living lives of faith in the modern age marked by radical hospitality and justice advocacy.

Our process

We fall in love a little with each of our clients and First Church in Cambridge is no exception. We love the joyfulness of Sunday morning worship, the exhuberance of the monthly Jazz service and the respite that is the Night Song service. Our interviews also connected us to warm, well-informed members who see themselves as citizens who are responsible for doing their part to repair the world. We discovered that the people of First Church strive to tangibily live out the message of the Gospels. Our task was to design a site reflective of this mission in the form of a beautiful invitation.

Under the hood

Behind the photography and custom illustrations, this site provides sermons, music, a comprehensive list of service opportunities, a fully integrated master calendar and news feature, photo galleries and online giving. The site also reflects First Church as a community resource thanks to the rehearsals, meetings and concerts their facilities host weekly on behalf of a number of local non-profits, in addition to the office space they provide to several of these organizations.

Why we love this site

Successful designs are borne out of strong collaborative relationships. The staff and committee at First Church in Cambridge were excellent partners to us in the process of developing a site that is visually unique and customized to their needs. We also found a treasure trove of inspiration in the artwork created by church members (don't miss the enchanting illustrations drawn by church member, Perry Neubauer) and in the church architecture.

The response

A Senior Minister at another church had this to say:

"It is a beautiful piece of work. I've been all over it. Exploring the site is a bit like exploring a venerable old building. It was fun to poke around and see what was behind this door or that one. It's a great web site. You've definitely got me thinking..."


Copy writing: the staff and Arts & Communications Committee
Copy editors: Nancy Weil and Kate Layzer, members
Photography: Heather Parker Photography
Illustrations: Perry Neubauer, member
Design, programming and project management: Theory One Design