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

Join Us for a Celebration of the Creative Spirit This Weekend!

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 this weekend 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.

Silver Lake Men's Fellowship Retreat Oct. 12-13

October 12-13, 2018 -- This October marks the 11-year anniversary of the ground breaking for the Herbie Knight III community building at Silver Lake in Sharon, CT. We are the only UCC church who takes responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of any of the buildings. The retreat is intended to provide not only the winterizing of the facility, but an opportunity for the men of our congregation to fellowship with one another and reflect upon What God is Calling Them to Do. All men are invited and encouraged to come! Even if you have never joined us before, this great group of guys welcomes you for fellowship, laughter, thoughtful conversation and the opportunity to share meaningful work. This is an overnight opportunity, but staying overnight is not required. If you are interested in attending, or for more information on the facility needs and the fellowship, please contact Herb Knight (203-215-5100 or herb.knight.jr@gmail.com) or the church office.

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, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Guild Room.  We will be reading Before I Let You Go by Kelley Rimmer.  Books are available in the church office or by contacting Margaret Jay. [ more ]

Taize' Worship October 17

The busyness of autumn is upon us!  Feel the need to take a breath and find some silence to replenish your spirit?  The next Taize' Service will be held on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:15 in the sanctuary.  Note the date change from the usual last Wednesday of the month, which is Halloween this year.  All are welcome to join us for this quiet, meditative time of music, prayer and silence.  [ 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!

All Hallows Eve a Spooktacular Night at First Church

October 31, 2018--All Hallows Eve. Join us on Halloween for a spectacular and spooktactular night at First Church! A concert of organ and piano music--set in the spookily decorated sanctuary--will again be open to all.  This was so much fun last year, that we're doing it again. [ more ]

Catch the Spirit 2018

September 9, 2018 was Catch the Spirit Sunday, our celebratory kick-off to another exciting program year. Registration for Church School took place and classes resumed. Following the 10:00 a.m. worship service, our traditional hot dogs, chips and ice cream were served on the Parade Ground. Displays by our Boards and Committees demonstrated the range of ways for you to get involved in our church life and community. Join us for fellowship, the renewal of the Spirit in our lives and the joy of a new program year at First Church, where we believe that Faith Makes a Difference! [ 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 ]

Wallingford Workcamp 2018--A Blessed Experience!

The 2018 Wallingford Workcamp was an amazing experience to all who participated--from the youth from around the country, to the people who were served, to the members at First Church who planned and implemented extensive preparations, as well as many Wallingford businesses and community members who donated their time, treasure, expertise and unbelievable amount of effort.  Wallingford was blessed by all who participated in so many different ways--thank you.  Check out this video from Fox 61 to get a sense of how valuable this project was to all who were involved, or this wonderful video from one of our camper's point of view.  Here is a link to the Wallingford Workcamp FaceBook page for wonderful pictures and a sense of all that happened. [ 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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