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

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.

Shipwrecked! Our Summer Church School Program Adventure!

Sundays mornings, June 17-July 22--The five week summer church school program has begun--"Shipwrecked"--where kids have an adventure to an uncharted island and are rescued by Jesus! The program runs through July 22; there will be no session on July 1. All children are welcome to drop in during the 10 a.m. worship service. [ more ]

We need your cans and bottles!

The Benhaven School in Wallingford has generously volunteered to host some of the Wallingford Workcamp Sites. To raise money to buy snacks for the workers, the students will be completing a recyclable can and bottle drive. Two bins are available between the double set of doors as you come in from the back parking lot and in the Narthex. Please bring in what you have to donate and the students will pick them up! The last pick up date is Friday, July 6 at at 2 p.m. [ more ]

A Special Afternoon at Lake Compounce

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 -- During the week of the Wallingford Workcamp, the youth workers get Wednesday afternoon off to enjoy some fun activities.  One of their choices is to spend the afternoon at Lake Compounce in Bristol.  Members of our church and friends are invited to participate in this event with a special ticket rate of $33.90, which includes most of the attractions and a buffet dinner.  Please contact the church office and send in a check by June 27 to reserve your tickets. [ more ]

Wanted--Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!

July 8, 2018--Our church community will be offering cookies to the Wallingford Workcamp volunteers--600 strong--following their first day of work on Monday, July 9. We need 100 dozen cookies--yes, 100 dozen!  We are asking you to provide some cookies for this effort--any kind are welcome, and they may be baked from scratch, baked using pre-made dough, or purchased from a bakery or bakery department of your local grocery store.  Cookies may be dropped off in the church kitchen on Sunday, July 8, or ahead of time in the church office to be frozen.  We are asking that you indicate how many cookies that you will contribute so the Cookie Committee can plan. [ more ]

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 ]

Potential Job Opportunity at Church

Church Sexton--Sherry Perkowski, who has served our church for many years as Sexton, is retiring soon and her last day will be June 29th.  She will be missed in her role as Sexton, but we are so fortunate that we will still see her often as a long time member of our congregation.

We now have an opportunity to hire a new Sexton or a cleaning service.  Would a 20 hour per week position fit nicely into your life plan?  There are many benefits for our church to having a Sexton who takes personal pride in how our church looks as we do God's work. 

If you are interested in this position, please contact the church office at 203-265-1691 for more information.

Thank you,
The First Congregational Church of Wallingford Board of Trustees

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 ]

Taize' Worship June 27 Cancelled

The Taize' service scheduled for Wednesday, June 27 has been cancelled.  When the Taize' Services resume, on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:15, all are welcome to join us for this quiet, meditative time of music, prayer and silence.  [ more ]

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 ]

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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