Our History

"A free people joined by covenant into a church in the fellowship of the gospel to walk in all His ways."


                                     - William Bradford

Our roots are in The Congregational Society that was organized by a small group of Pilgrims from Plymouth Colony in 1646. The Congregational and Universalist Societies reunited in 1939 to form The Federated Church.


1646 - The first meetinghouse-fort was built in Nauset, now Eastham.  

1718 - The first meetinghouse was built on the present site.

1829 - The present building replaced the earlier one.

1838 - A group left to form the Universalist Society.

1889 - The sanctuary was moved to the second floor, and a vestry built beneath, as it is now.

1939 - The Congregational and Universalist Societies reunite, becoming The Federated Church of Orleans.

1968 - An addition of classrooms, offices and meeting rooms was built.

1972 - The Universalist Society sold its meetinghouse on Main Street to the Orleans Historical Society.

1996 - The 350th year was celebrated.

2018 - The 300th anniversary of moving to our current site was celebrated.

Photograph of the church from the top of the Orleans Cemetery (1908).

The Federated Church
of Orleans

162 Main Street, PO Box 761,

East Orleans, MA, 02643

Office Hours : 9-4 (Mon-Fri)

Telephone : ​(508) 255-3060

Email: administrator@fedchurchorleans.org

Building God’s World
with Justice and Compassion
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