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

Welcome to Our New Website!

What's new at First Church?  Our website!  As with all websites, it is a work in progress, so please check back for news you can use, updates and photographs of our church life.  Thanks for visiting!   


#DoNotBeAfraid

In a culture of fear... In a world of uncertainty ...
We need to be reminded...
#DoNotBeAfraid

We are flying in the face of fear for Advent this year.

This Advent and Christmas season, we will focus on the angels that appear in scripture to Zechariah, Mary, Joseph and the shepherds, seeing them as messengers from God communicating what we need to hear. We will visit our own propensity for fear, get some perspective, and be empowered for new life in the new year. [ more ]


Come Worship with us during the Holiday Season!

Advent is here!  The time of preparation for Christmas is upon us, and there are many special opportunities for worship during the holiday season.  Check out the worship schedule and please join us! [ more ]


Christmas Community Dinner

Don't Spend Christmas Alone!  On Monday, December 25 from noon to 2:00 p.m.,  there will be a Christmas Dinner welcoming all, sponsored by Wallingford Community Dinners and the First Congregational Church.  Turkey with all the fixings will be served in Congregational Hall, there will be music, laughter and craft activities.  Volunteers and donations welcome.  [ more ]


Many thanks to all who participated in the 2107 Church Fair

Christmas in Santa's Village was a wonderful success.  After weeks of hard work, Congregational Hall was transformed into a bright and cheerful Santa's Village.  We are so thankful to all of you who spent hours creating crafts, baking goodies, preparing and serving food, setting up, cleaning up, working at the booths, sharing your musical talents, buying stuff...the list goes on and on.  The fellowship and community spirit radiated from our corner of Center and Main! [ more ]


Thanks for your Generosity

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt -- Thanks to your generosity, our Youth Groups were able to collect a bountiful supply of food items--enough that members of the Board of Community and World Service were able to assemble 60 bags of food to distribute to families in need. [ more ]


Join the Women's Fellowship for a Christmas Luncheon

December 19, 2017--The Women's Fellowship will host their annual Christmas Luncheon at Gaetano's Restaurant on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.. This is a good chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. We must have an exact number of those attending. Please let Marge know by December 15th. Call her at (203) 269-0217. [ more ]


Our Angel Tree--Gifts for Needy Children

November 26 through December 17--The Board of Community and World Service sponsors an opportunity for you to purchase a Christmas gift for a needy child. A Christmas tree with paper angels on it will be located in the Narthex beginning Sunday, November 26.  Each angel provides information for selecting a gift. You can choose an angel and purchase a gift to be deposited under the tree no later than Sunday, December 17th. Thereafter, social workers will come to the church to pick up the gifts and distribute them.  Thank you for being an angel to a child in need!


Living Generously

Our season of giving began on Commitment Sunday, also known as Pledge Sunday, which was celebrated on Sunday, November 19.  Our theme this year is "Living Generously."  God is always working through us and through the things we do to accomplish positive changes in the world.  [ more ]


Decorating our Christmas Tree

It has become a tradition at our church that a group from our Men's Ministry select and cut down a Christmas tree to grace our Sanctuary during the Advent and Christmas season. Other folks then join in and decorate it!  We are so appreciative of their time and holiday spirit! [ more ]


Season of Gratitude and Generosity

In November, we celebrated our Season of Gratitude and Generosity, paying closer attention to all of our blessings. [ more ]


Book Study--"The Book of Joy"

Have you been feeling a little low or perhaps even a bit of despir lately with all that has been happening in our world? Then please join us for our study of "The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World," written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dali Lama.

We will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. and Wednesday mornings from 9:00-10:30 a.m.  The Book Study will not meet on December 19 and 20 or December 26 and 27, but will resume in January.  Pastor Kathy will facilitate the discussion.  Our meeting location will be determined depending on the progress of the heating renovation project.  Feel free to purchase a copy of the book for yourself, or see Kathy if you would like her to order one for you. 

We hope you will join us for this meaningful and joy-filled exploration!


Wallingford Workcamp Team 2018

The Wallingford Workcamp Team 2018 project is well underway and gathering momentum, but still needs your help! Our church, in partnership with the non-profit Group Mission Trips, will be hosting a work camp here in town from July 8-14, 2018. [ more ]


Taize' Worship

Rev. Kathy will lead a Taize' worship service at 6:15 on the last Wednesday of each month. [ more ]


Wanted! Old Wool Sweaters!

As you get out your winter garments, if you find any wool sweaters that you will no longer be using, please donate them to the Sewing Group. We will recycle them to make wonderful, warm mittens which we sell at the Christmas Fair. The sweaters must be 80% to 100% wool. If there are moth holes, don't worry, we will cut around them. [ more ]


All Hallows Eve a Spooktacular Night at First Church

October 31, 2017  Pumpkin Night--All Hallows Eve was a spectacular and spooktactular night at First Church! A creative group of people carved pumpkins, which were lit and placed on the front steps of the church. At 7:30 p.m., Kyle Brazauski and Jeanette Gross offered the "Dracula Suite"--a concert of organ and piano music--set in the spookily decorated sanctuary. [ more ]


Exciting Progress on our New Heating System

After countless hours of research and consideration, the Board of Trustees has approved a $386,075 contract with CT HVAC, Inc. to replace our heating system. After adding 20% for unexpected occurrences and cosmetic repairs once the job is completed, the total estimated cost for the project is $463,290. The new heating system is currently being installed, and we are just about done. We have heat in the Sanctuary and air conditioning in Congregational Hall.  It is exciting to see all the work being done! [ more ]


Holy Joe's Cafe' Launches it's own Non-profit

September 1, 2017 - At the August 28, 2017 Church Council Meeting, Holy Joe's Cafe', which has been a ministry of our church since 2006, was voted to become it's own separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Holy Joe's Cafe', Inc. The paperwork has been completed, their Board formed, their approval from the State of Connecticut finalized, and their federal 501(c)3 status pending, meaning that now donations to Holy Joe's can go directly to the new entity. The mission of providing coffee, tea and hot chocolate to military chaplains and the troops continues! [ more ]





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