History: The First Spiritualist Society was formed in 1898. The Society purchased
a Victorian Gothic Church, built in 1887, and opened its doors to
Spiritualism on January 1, 1918, in Springfield, MA. The Society incorporated in 1919 as The First
Spiritualist Church of Springfield and became a chartered member of the
National Spiritualist Association of Churches (NSAC). The NSAC was founded,
incorporated and recognized as a religion in 1893. It is the oldest, most
respected, Spiritualist organization in the United States.
is recognized by the Springfield Historical Commission. On April 12, 1987, the
Commission erected a plaque at the entrance that notes its inclusion in the
National Register of Historic Places and gives a brief history of the building.
Please come visit. All of the renovations to this wonderful church are only
possible with the help of you the visitors and parishioners. Please see our
News and Events page for upcoming fund raising events.
In 2013, we sold the Springfield Spiritualist Church and purchased a building at 465 Granby Road, Chicopee, MA. The building has been fully renovated and we now have the sanctuary, refreshment area and restrooms on one floor with a handicap accessible ramp and handicap restroom. With the new heating system and full air condition system, we will be comfortable. The new seating has upholstered chairs in the sanctuary and the refreshment area is furnished with a 55" television and sound system so that those with children who are unable to sit through a service, will be able to view the service on the screen and hear the service as if they are in the sanctuary. Since we record the service and place the audio portion of the lecture on the web site, we need to have the sanctuary quiet. There are ongoing
classes throughout the year. Classes will be taught by various Certified
members of the Church, therefore, each class is different. Church circles
include discussions relating to healing, mediums, meditation and other topics
important for the unfolding of your spiritual self and everyday life. Each
student will participate in laying-on-of-hands healing. For more information on development circles dates
and times, see the News & Events section of this website!
Principles: 1. We believe in Infinite
Intelligence 2. We believe that the phenomena of Nature, both Physical
and Spiritual, are the expression of Infinite Intelligence. 3. We
affirm that a correct understanding of such expression and living in
accordance therewith, constitutes true religion. 4. We affirm that the
existence and personal identity of the individual continue after the change
called death. 5. We affirm that communication with the so-called dead
is a fact, scientifically proven by the phenomena of Spiritualism.
6. We believe that the highest morality is contained in the Golden rule:
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." 7. We affirm the
moral responsibility of individuals and that we make our own happiness or
unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature's physical and spiritual Laws.
8. We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed to any soul
here or hereafter. 9. We affirm that the precepts of Prophecy and
Healing are divine attributes proven through Mediumship.
Version of the Declaration of Principles 1. We believe
in God. 2. We believe that God is expressed through all Nature.
3. True religion is living in obedience to Nature's Laws. 4. We
never die. 5. Spiritualism proves that we can talk with people in the
Spirit World. 6. Be kind, do good, and others can learn to do
likewise. 7. We bring unhappiness to ourselves by the errors we make and
we will be happy if we obey the Laws of Life. 8. Every day is a new
beginning. 9. Prophecy and healing are expressions of God.