The Springfield Spiritualist Church Has Moved

Spiritualism is a Religion, a Science and a Philosophy

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 1918 church is recognized by the Springfield Historical Commission.

In 2013, the historical Springfield Spiritualist Church was sold to MGM Resorts International with the caveat that it would be preserved. See the video below of the church's move to a new location. This was the First Spiritualist Church of Springfield website when it was still operating from the historic church. With their new church location in Chicopee came a new website.

With their new website, this site's domain registration was allowed to expire and the site disappeared from the web. I was delighted when I recently discovered that the domain for SpringfieldSpiritualistChurch.com was available. I bought it with the goal of recreating some of its content from archived pages and to point visitors to their new web site: www.healinghandsoflightspch.com. I definitely didn't want someone else purchasing the domain and re-purposing the site for something that had nothing in common with the Springfield Spiritualist Church. Although the site doesn't look like the original, except for the video, the content is from its archived pages. I believe that the information about the < Springfield Spiritualist Church should remain accessible to visitors on the web.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PAGE CONTAINS SELECTIVE ARCHIVED CONTENT FROM THE ORIGINAL SITE.

Since the site will not be exactly as you remember it, please be indulgent

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Good News! May 16 2013

​​We sold our church and are presently remodeling our new church in Chicopee. Work is proceeding at a good pace and we hope to be moving within the next month or so. We will be located at 465 Granby Road with our own parking. The sanctuary and refreshment area as well as the restrooms are on the one floor.​ There is also a handicapped ramp and restroom facilities for those with a handicap.

The seating will be very comfortable upholstered chairs with a new sound system in the entire building. Those who come with children who cannot sit within the congregation, will be able to see and hear the entire service on the 55" screen in the refreshment area, while they watch their children. We record the lecture part of the service and place it on the web site for those who were unable to attend the service; therefore, having the santuary quiet at that time is important.

We are all looking forward to this new church so watch for the grand opening!​​

Welcome to our church. Our doors are open to everyone who wishes to participate in our services which consist of a lecture, laying on of hands healing, and spirit communication. Spiritualism is a science, philosophy and religion based upon communication with the spirit world. We are guided by our Declaration of Principles.

The healing service during the Sunday service is "laying-on-of-hands" healing.  This is contact healing where the designated healer's will put hands on the head, neck and shoulders only.  Spirit guides and teachers work with the healer.  The sitter should be willing to accept the healing and change whatever is necessary within his/her life to manifest perfect health.

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Church History:

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The First Spiritualist Society was formed in 1898. The Society purchased this Victorian Gothic Church, built in 1887, and opened its doors to Spiritualism on January 1, 1918.  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.

The church 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.

First Spiritualist Church of Springfield
Sunday Services
10:30 a.m.
33-37 Bliss Street (original location)
Springfield, MA 01105
413-732-1234


In the last 10 years, we have done most of the repairs and renovations needed to keep the church safe and pleasant to be in. The last improvements are the new windows that had to be custom made because of the size differences of each window and the new windows can be opened for ventilation. Because they are air tight, they keep the church warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Additional work completed was the enclosing of the steeple to keep the pigeons off the steeple and church roof, insulation of the attic to help lower our heating costs, and painting of the fellowship walls and floors as well as the main sanctuary as well as the windows inside and out. A special thanks to all those who work so hard to complete the repairs and renovations!

On our list of upcoming repairs/maintenance is new carpet for the main sanctuary. It is because of these many repairs, that we continue to have fundraisers. We welcome all donations! Please come and support our fundraisers.

There are ongoing classes throughout the year. Classes will be taught by various Certified members of the Church, therefore, each class is different. hurch 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!

 

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Declaration of 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.

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Simplified 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.

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PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

I ask the great unseen healing force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health.
I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part.
I ask this great unseen healing force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health.
I put my trust in the love and power of God.

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Membership: Many people have asked how to become a member of our church.  Here is what is written in "our" by-laws:

  1. You must have attended church services for at least 6 months.
  2. You must be at least 18 years of age to have an adult membership.
  3. You must be recommended by another current member of this Church.
  4. You must be whole-heartedly in accord with the objectives of the Church and the NSAC.
  5. You must have attended development classes encompassing instruction on Spiritualism.
  6. You must declare acceptance and belief in the Science, Philosophy and Religion of Modern Spiritualism.
  7. You must acknowledge proof of the continuity of life through satisfactory demonstration of Mediumship by a Certified Medium.
  8. You must complete an application form given to you as prescribed by the NSAC.
  9. You must submit required membership dues.

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Now for A Nostalgic Stroll back to News and Events from 2009-2013

 News and Events 
2013

We will begin mediumship and healing classes with Reverend John Sullivan on Thursday evening January 10, 2013 from 7 - 9PM for a class donation of $10.00. Classes will continue each week thereafter until further notice. Please be prompt.

Saturday, February 2, 2013, we will hold a mediums day with readings from those in the spirit world from 9AM - 2PM. Private readings of 15 minutes for just a $20.00 donation. Sign up early for the medium of your choice by calling Denise at 413-519-9669 or sign up at the church.

Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 7PM - 9PM​​ we will hold our gallery readings.  Our mediums will present to you a greeting from the spirit realm. If you want to hear from your loved ones in spirit, come for this presentation. This is a John Edwards style reading for a donation of $10.00 at the door.

Saturday, April 27, 2013, ​​we will hold a mediums day with readings from those in the spirit world from 9AM - 2PM. Private readings of 15 minutes for just a $20.00 donation. Sign up early for the medium of your choice by calling Denise at 413-519-9669 or sign up at the church.

Class on Communicating with Spirit: Saturday, May 18, 2013, we will hold a class on development of your mediumship, healing and psychic abilities.  Lynn Kent is an ordained minister and certified medium with the National Spiritualist Association of Churches. Her training came from many modalities and her teachers many beliefs. She has taken a little of all her training and brought to her classes.

In this class you will learn several different methods to help you in your communication with the spirit world. Learning to trust your intuition as well as other methods of communication like symbols and signs. We all work with spirit in a different way and this class is designed to strengthen what you already know and introduce your to other avenues of communication you have not discovered yet.

Although this is a participation class please bring a blank notebook. This is only the beginning the rest is up to you. Prepare to work and have fun.

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News and Events
2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012, we will hold our first Medium's Day and Bake Sale of the season. This will be held from 9AM - 2PM. Private readings of 15 minutes. To get an appointment in advance, call Denise at 413-519-9669 and leave a message. Prepayment is required with an advance appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. Donation $20.00.

Saturday evening, November 3, 2012 we will hold gallery readings from 7-9PM. We will have five mediums and most often all participants will receive a reading from one or more mediums. If you want to hear from your loved ones in spirit, come for this evening. Donation $10.00.

Sunday, December 2, 2012, we will hold a Skrying workshop from 1:30-3:30 PM with Rick Boisvere. Skrying is a form of clairvoyance. This workshop will show you the tools to facilitate skrying visions and spirit communication. There will be class participation. Sign up early by calling Denise at 413-519-9669 or sign up at the church. Donation $20.00.

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News and Events
2011

Classes on spirit communication and healing will begin October 13, 2011.  The classes will meet  Thursday evenings  @ 7:00 PM. This is an open class with Rev. Robin Thomas Dubord . First set of classes are for six weeks must be paid in full by the first class.
Donation $60.00 for six weeks.

Saturday, November 12, 2011, Trance, Transformation, Transfiguration Workshop with Rev. Lynn Kent. 1:00 - 4:00 PM.  $20.00
Lynn Kent will explain the differences/similarities, tell you what to watch for and how to work with spirit in this special way. Attendees will experience transformations and will witness Lynn in trance. This is a very exciting and informational class in which you will participate. Call for reservations 413-519-9669.

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News and Events
2010

Classes on spirit communication and healing will be on going through June, 2010. The classes will meet Thursday evenings @ 7:00 PM. This is an open class and all are invited. Donation $10.00

Saturday April 24, 2010, 9AM - 2PM
Mediums Day & Bake Sale
Private readings of 15 minutes for $20.00.
To get an appointment in advance, call Denise at 413-519-9669 and leave a message with your telephone number. Prepayment is necessary for an advance appointment. Walk-ins are also welcomed on a first come, first served basis. Taping is allowed.

Dream Workshop 2:30- 4:30 with Rev. Lynn Kent $20:00
Join Lynn and learn how to interpet your dreams and how to utilize them to help you in your every day life.

Sunday June 20, 2010 Spirit/Psychic Art Workshop with Rev. Elizabeth Gosselin 1:30 - 3:30 $20.00.
Short lecture on the use of this type of art - aura - color - procedure - participating with a partner in creating auragrams - NO NEED TO BE ABLE TO DRAW - symbols may be used - materials provided.

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News and Events
Fall 2009

Classes on spirit communication and healing will commence on September 16, 2009 and will be held the 23rd and 30th of September. They will resume during the second week in October after the NSAC Convention. The participants will choose whether the classes will meet for October and November on Wednesday or Thursday evenings.

Saturday October 3rd, 9AM - 2PM
Mediums Day & Bake Sale
Private readings of 15 minutes for $20.00.

To get an appointment in advance, call Denise at 413-519-9669 and leave a message with your telephone number. Prepayment is necessary for an advance appointment. Walkins are also welcomed on a first come, first served basis. Taping is allowed.

Sunday October 25, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Workshop on Pyramid Power presented by Rev. Kathleen Rotino from New London, CT. Meditation in a pyramid is said to be deeper and visions clearer. Ancients believed that pyramid healing was the art of healing body, mind & spirit by utilizing universal energy. A copper pyramid will be available for participants to use. $20.00. See Denise for workshop reservations or call 413-238-5344

Saturday November 7, 2009 4:45 -9:00 PM. Pasta & Meatball Dinner, Comedy Show, Gallery Readings.
Complete dinner, beverage & dessert from 4:45-6:15 PM. Then a comedy show from 6:30 - 7:00 with Ronald Picard followed by gallery readings from 7-9 PM where you can experience a short spirit greeting by one of the mediums. All three for $15.00. Dinner only: $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids under 12.
Comedy show and Gallery Readings only: $10.00.
For reservations call Cindy at 413-786-0487

Saturday December 5th, 9AM - 2PM
Mediums Day;& Bake Sale

Private readings of 15 minutes for $20.00.
To get an appointment in advance, call Denise at 413-519-9669 and leave a message with your telephone number. Prepayment is necessary for an advance appointment. Walkins are also welcomed on a first come, first served basis. Taping is allowed.

 

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