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

2018 Advent and Christmas Services and Events

Our Advent and Christmas Season has many worship services and fellowship opportunities.  Our worship will be centered on the hymn "Silent Night." To see a list of our Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Worship Services, click here.  To learn more about the "Silent Night" theme of our Advent Worship Series, [ more ]

We Welcome our New Acting Coordinator of the Church School and Children's Ministries

We welcome Jessie DePonte, a long time member of our church and Church School teacher, to our staff as Acting Coordinator of the Church School and Children's Ministries.  This position replaces the position of Church School Superintendent.  Jessie will provide Church School leadership and ministry to children from birth through 8th Grade and their families. [ more ]

Holiday Community Dinner

Don't Spend Christmas Alone!  On Christmas, December 25, there will be a Christmas Dinner welcoming all, sponsored by Wallingford Community Dinners and the First Congregational Church.  Dinner begins 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 ]

The "Home for the Holidays" Church Fair was a Wonderful Success!

November 30 and December 1, 2018-- The "Home for the Holidays" Church Fair was a wonderful success!  Thanks to the efforts of so many volunteers who organized, planned, cooked, baked, set-up, cleaned-up, sold, created crafts, provided music...the list goes on and on...the two days were full of joyful spirit. [ more ]

Books and Beyond

Books and Beyond, our monthly book club group, will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month through May, except for December.  Anyone interested in books, great conversation and fellowship is welcome to join us! Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Guild Room.  We will be reading My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Laura Kamoie.  Books are available in the church office or by contacting Margaret Jay. [ more ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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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