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!   

Commitment Sunday November 19, 2017

November 19, 2017--Commitment Sunday, also known as Pledge Sunday, will be 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.  Be sure to join us on the 19th as we celebrate together, offering our pledges in church and enjoying the fellowship of a light soup and sandwich lunch after the 10:00 a.m. service. [ more ]

Season of Gratitude and Generosity

November is our Season of Gratitude and Generosity! During the month of November, we will be paying closer attention to all of our blessings and celebrating Gratitude and Living Generously. Be sure to come to church to receive your "Jar of Gratitude" so that you and your family can participate fully. [ more ]

The Christmas Fair is Coming--Order Your Wreaths In Advance

The Christmas Fair is swiftly approaching!  Christmas in Santa's Village will be held on Friday evening, December 1, and Saturday, December 2.  The Flower Committee will be taking orders for fresh wreaths with a selection of bows, available to pick up at the Fair.  There are many ways for you to help! [ more ]

Women's Fellowship Thanksgiving Meeting

Tuesday, November 21 -- At 11:00 a.m. in the Guild Room, the Women's Fellowship will meet for our annual Thanksgiving meeting.  Rev. Margaret Jay will share an inspiring message, and our annual collection for the Strengthen the Church Fund will be taken.  Bring a bag lunch; desserts and beverages will be served.  We look forward to seeing familiar faces and greeting new friends!  All women of the church are welcome!

Order Apple Pie from the Music Committee

It's time to order your homemade apple pies from the Music Committee!  They will be available to be picked up over the weekend of the Church Fair, December 1-3. [ 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!

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 3, 2017. [ 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 will sell at the Christmas Fair. If you are not familiar with our mittens, just come to the Fair and see for yourself. The sweaters must be 80% to 100% wool. If there are moth holes, don't worry, we will cut around them. [ 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 ]

Book Study--"The Book of Joy"

Beginning November 7 and 8, 2017-- 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. beginning Nov. 7 and 8.  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!

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 making great progress.  As of November 12, we have heat in the Sanctuary!  It is exciting to see all the work being done! [ 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 ]

Taize' Worship

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