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

New Member Conversations

We will be offering New Member Conversations on Sunday, October 28 and Sunday, November 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the Guild Room.

We will receive new members on Sunday, November 18 with a New Member Welcome during the 10:00 a.m. service and a Celebration to follow in Congregational Hall. [ more ]

A Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary to the End of WWI

November 10, 2018 -- The First Congregational Church presented a special commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War I at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 in the sanctuary. [ more ]

The "Home for the Holidays" Church Fair is Coming!

November 30 and December 1, 2018-- The "Home for the Holidays" Church Fair is coming up soon!  You are invited to stroll over on Friday night during Wallingford's Holiday Stroll for Christmas Karaoke, delicious food, hot chocolate, and an early bird visit to our Fair.  Saturday will include the usual fun--photos with Santa, homemade cookies, crafts for all seasons, delicious luncheon, holiday music, amazing gift baskets and lots of other gift giving options.  We need your participation to make sure the Fair is a wonderful success... [ more ]

Fall Bible/Book Study with Rev. Kathy Cunliffe

Please join us for a Bible study structured around the new book by Rachel Held Evans, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. The Bible study will take place with Rev. Kathy Cumliffe on Tuesday evenings beginning on Oct. 30 at 7:00-8:30 p.m., and on Wednesday mornings beginning on Oct. 31 at 9:00-10:30 a.m. and will continue for 8 weeks. [ more ]

Veterans' Day Sunday, November 11

Sunday, November 11 --  We invite you to bring in photographs of the Veterans in your life--family or friends--to share for a special display and ritual during worship that morning as we honor those who have served our country in the military. 

Faith Makes A Difference--Imagine What We Can Do!

We thank you for being a partner in the ministry and mission of The First Congregational Church. Your participation in the life of the church, through your gifts of time and talent, as well as on-going financial contributions, is making a difference in the lives of many people. [ more ]

Faith Makes A Difference--A Letter from Pastor Kathy

Have you ever heard the story of the little boy saving starfish, one at a time? "It made a difference to that one!"  I'm writing to share another story with you.  This story is about a church, but not just any church.  It's our church... [ more ]

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt--A 25 Year Tradition!

November 18, 2018--The Youth Groups and the Confirmation Class will be conducting their 25th Annual Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Your generosity will make a real impact on needy families in our community, truly showing how Faith Makes a Difference. [ more ]

Holiday Community Dinners

Don't Spend Thanksgiving or Christmas Alone!  On Thursday, November 22, there will be a Thanksgiving Dinner welcoming all, sponsored by Wallingford Community Dinners and the First Congregational Church.  On Christmas, December 25, Christmas Dinner will be served.  Both dinners begin serving at noon until 2:00 p.m. in Congregational Hall. Turkey with all the fixings will be served; there will be music, laughter and craft activities.  Volunteers and donations welcome.  [ more ]

We Celebrate Jeanette Gross's 25 Years of Music Ministry

October 14, 2018 -- Our Minister of Music, Jeanette Gross, has served The First Congregational Church of Wallingford for 25 years. This milestone was celebrated in style--and as a big surprise--on Sunday, October 14. The choir planned special music and fun presentations. [ more ]

A Celebration of the Creative Spirit

A Festival of Arts and a Celebration of the Creative Spirit was held at the First Congregational Church of Wallingford on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, 2018. Members and friends of our church family shared in a celebration of the creative spirit as we turned Congregational Hall into a wonderful display space for works of art in all mediums...click here for more.

Christmas is Coming--It's Time to Order Your Wreath!

November 16, 2018 -- Friday, November 16 is the deadline to pre-order your Christmas wreaths!  These beautiful 22" balsam weaths, costing $25.00 each and finished with a hand-made bow of your choosing, will be available for pick-up at the Church Fair on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1. [ more ]

Time to Order Your Christmas Poinsettias

Once again you have the opportunity to purchase poinsettias to decorate our Sanctuary this Christmas season. The Flower Committee is offering poinsettias for $10.00 per six-inch pot. You may purchase plants to take home following the Christmas Eve services or to be delivered to members of the congregation who are home-bound or convalescing. You may purchase plants in memory of or in honor of loved ones. Please complete the form and return it to the church office or place in the collection plate by December 2, 2018. [ more ]

Celebrate Wallingford a Great Success!

October 6-7--Celebrate Wallingford. For the first time, our church participated in this year's Celebrate Wallingford, the festival which takes place in the center of town, right outside our front door. [ more ]

Books and Beyond

Books and Beyond, our monthly book club group, will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month through May.  Anyone interested in books, great conversation and fellowship is welcome to join us! Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Guild Room.  We will be reading The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.  Books are available in the church office or by contacting Margaret Jay. [ more ]

Our October Mission Outreach

During the month of October, The Board of Community & World Service is sponsoring a collection for the Albert Solnit Center, which is a facility of Connecticut Families and Youth that provides brief treatment, residential care and education for abused and neglected youth aged 13 through 17.  We are asking for your donations of items specifically for this age group: art supplies, books--both fiction and non-fiction, easy reader to best sellers, books from popular series, young adult books, including books by African-American and Latinx authors, and bi-lingual books in English and Spanish, as well as health and beauty products (non-aerosol only) or other items a teen might appreciate.   A basket to collect your donations will be placed in the Narthex.  Thank you for your generous support!

Youth Group Fall Update and Calendar

It's great to see the turn out we've had for the beginning of the season!
Remember, The Middle School group will be meeting from on Sundays from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
The Senior High group will meet from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Sundays. [ more ]

Our Music Programs Fall 2018

There are many ways to participate in the music life of our church.  Join a choir!  Play an instrument!  Join the Praise Band!  Ring a bell! [ 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.

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