Welcome to First Congregational Church

Founded in 1669, the First Congregational Church of Wallingford is a warm and inviting community, where any member, new or old-timer, young or old, male or female, gay or straight, from any background, can play a role in the life of the church. We are congenial, not cliquey; people accept each other without regard to background, profession or political differences. We work well together, like to laugh, and share great joy and friendship with one another ... [ more ]

All are Welcome

The church has a long standing philosophy that all are welcome.

  • If you are a seeker or a doubter … you are welcome here.
  • If you have more questions than answers … you are welcome here.
  • If you are searching for a place to express your creativity and to live authentically … you are welcome here.
  • If you are a long time member of the United Church of Christ or someone coming from a different faith tradition, or no faith tradition … you are welcome here.
  • No matter what your family looks like … you are welcome here. [ more ]

What's New at First Church

Wallingford Workcamp 2018--A Blessed Experience!

The 2018 Wallingford Workcamp was an amazing experience to all who participated--from the youth from around the country, to the people who were served, to the members at First Church who planned and implemented extensive preparations, as well as many Wallingford businesses and community members who donated their time, treasure, expertise and unbelievable amount of effort.  Wallingford was blessed by all who participated in so many different ways--thank you.  Check out this video from Fox 61 to get a sense of how valuable this project was to all who were involved.  Here is a link to the Wallingford Workcamp FaceBook page for wonderful pictures and a sense of all that happened. [ more ]

Help Us Fill Back-to-School Backpacks

August 12, 2018 -- The Board of Community & World Service is filling backpacks for needy children.  Backpack and school supplies needed are: backpacks, pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, 24-count box of crayons, colored pencils, notebooks, markers, rulers, etc.  Please place items in the box marked "Backpacks and School Supplies" in the Narthex or drop them off at the church office by Sunday, August 12.  Thank you!

Discount Lake Compounce Tickets Available

Our church has received 102 coupons for $15 tickets for Lake Compounce in Bristol as a result of Wallingford Work Camps purchase in July. Take this opportunity for some late summer fun! Please call or stop by the office to pick up enough for your family or group of friends. They expire September 9.

Faith and Family Day at Hartford Yard Goats

Saturday, August 25 -- The Family Life Board will be selling $7.00 tickets to the Hartford Yard Goats baseball game at Dunkin Donuts Park for Faith and Family Day on Saturday, August 25.  The gates open at 5:05 p.m. for a 6:05 game.  Spend a fun evening enjoying baseball with members of our church family.  There is reserved seating and a post-game fireworks display.  Space is limited, so RSVP at the church office today.  Tickets will be available in Congregational Hall after church or at the church office. 

12th Annual Family Life Golf Tournament

September 22, 2018-- The 12th Annual Family Life Golf Tournament to support breast cancer awareness and research and the Family Life Center Fund will be held on Saturday, September 22 at Miner Hills Family Golf in Middletown, CT from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  There will be prizes, luncheon, and lots of fun!  The cost is $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for Juniors (17 and under).  You can sign up to play, or you can sponsor a hole for $20.00.  Sign-ups are available in the church office, at coffee hour, or you can contact Margaret Jay. [ more ]

Thank you for the multitudes of Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!

Thanks to all of you who provided cookies for the Wallingford Workcamp.  We had so many cookies we were able to donate some to Master's Manna!  Thanks to all who organized the cookies and served the workcampers.  This was a wonderful effort by First Church--thank you!

We honor the service of Sherry, Pam and Heidi

After many years of service as our Sexton, Sherry Perkowski is retiring at the end of June. Her work among us was celebrated on June 24 at the 10:00 a.m. service. It was also Pam Perkowski and Heidi Bonassar's last Sunday as Co-Superintendents of our Church School, and we again thanked them for their wonderful and creative ministry to our children.

Scholarship Sunday and Ice Cream Social

Sunday, June 17-- This Father's Day was a special morning at the 10:00 a.m. worship service as we honored our graduating high school seniors and the Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships.  The Scholarship Commitee then offered an Ice Cream Social in Congregational Hall to honor the recipients and thank the congregation for their generous support of the Scholarship Fund. [ more ]

A Celebration of the Creative Spirit

October 13-14, 2018--A Festival of Arts and a Celebration of the Creative Spirit will be held at the First Congregational Church of Wallingford on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, 2018. This is an invitation to all members and friends of our church family to share in a celebration of the creative spirit as we turn Congregational Hall into a wonderful display space for works of art in all mediums...click here for more.

Cafe' Conversations

At the Cafe' Conversations held on May 14, May 19 and June 12, church members gathered for delicious food and to share meaningful conversation as we discussed what God is calling us to do and be in our time. [ more ]

Confirmation Sunday 2018

On June 3, 2018, joy and the Holy Spirit filled our sanctuary when the eight young people in the Confirmation class joined our church as official members. [ more ]

A Special Pentecost

On Pentecost Sunday, Sunday, May 20, 2018, our community celebrated the work of the Holy Spirit and our church school staff as the regular church school year came to a close. We particularly lifted up the ministry of Pam and Heidi, our co-Superintendents of our church school, who are moving on to other things after 11 years of amazing and creative service to our children. [ more ]

Deacons reading "Becoming A Blessed Church"

The Diaconate, along with all of their regular duties, are engaged in reading "Becoming A Blessed Church...Forming a Church of Spiritual Purpose, Presence and Power" by N. Graham Standish.  This book offers a spiritually focused way to look at how we "do church" and "be the church" at this moment of cultural change.  The Church Council is also reading and discussing this book.  If you are interested in insight as to the Diaconate activities and discussions, please click here.

Don't Forget Food Donations During the Summer!

Don't forget those in need!  As summer approaches it is easy to focus on day trips and vacations, staying cool and relaxing.  However, please remember that Master's Manna is open all summer and continues to need donations.  [ more ]

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