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

Annual Meeting and Pot-Luck Luncheon January 28, 2018

January 28, 2018--Please join us for the 342nd Annual Meeting and a Pot-luck luncheon on Sunday, January 28, 2018 following the 10:00 a.m. worship service.  This is an important event in the life of our church, where we, the congregation, adopt the budget and goals for the upcoming year.  [ more ]


Interested in joining our church?

January 14 and 21, 2018 -- There will be an orientation for anyone interested in joining our church on Sunday, January 14 and 21, following the 10:00 a.m. worship service.  New members will be welcomed into our congregation on Sunday, January 28 at the 10:00 a.m. service.  This will be a special Sunday, as it is also the day of our Annual Meeting.  Join us after the service for a pot-luck luncheon and the meeting, and be welcomed to the full life of our church!  Please contact one of our ministers if you would like to participate in the new member orientation. 


#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 ]


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 ]


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 ]


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 ]





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