Our 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship
service is broadcast on
Comcast cable public access for Wallingford, CT channel 18:
Sunday, 3:30 PM
Monday, 3:00 AM
Tuesday, 9:30 AM
Wednesday, 3:00 AM
Thursday, 1:00 PM
Friday, 1:30 PM
Saturday, 5:00 PM
Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday at noon in the Meadowwood Club
Telephone: (203) 265-1691 ¤ FAX:
Church School & Nursery
to the First Congregational Church of Wallingford website. To visitors,
members, regular attendees and friends, we extend a warm welcome and our
hope that you will find this website and the information it offers
concerning the church, its ministries, activities, staff and outreach both
easy to use and helpful. If you have Acrobat Reader, you can read our
church newsletter, Spire.
The Church's Monthly calendar of activities is also available. We welcome your comments and suggestions.
It Only Happens Every 100 Years …
Into these hills and valleys long ago
Came pioneers of faith with vision clear
Of farms and towns and neighbors living so
That village, home, and church might flourish here.
God grant such vision now to us, we pray,
To make their dreams our own in this new day.
- Jane Parker Huber
“In the year 1670 a man of fifty-seven years old, with his wife and five children, came to
Wallingford and built a log house at the northwest corner of the present Main and Ward Streets.”
Nathaniel Merriman (b. June 2, 1613 – d. February 13, 1694) was a founder of the town of
Wallingford and of First Congregational Church. He served the community as its first town clerk
and his home was used for church services in the years before the first Meetinghouse was built.
On June 4, 1913, his descendants held a reunion in Wallingford in celebration of his 300th
birthday and a collection of papers presented at the reunion were published. This year marks the
400th anniversary of his birth and plans are underway for a reception and presentations at Wells
Fargo Bank (the former St. George’s Inn), ceremonies at the Center Street Cemetery, and a
reunion luncheon at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn on Saturday, June 1, 2013.
On Sunday June 2, 2013, we will welcome Merriman descendants to our 10:00 AM worship service.
This is also our Confirmation Sunday and the worship plans are shaping up for a service that will
include some colonial elements as well as our traditional Confirmation service. We will celebrate
together with our guests the past and the future of the church that our Founders and their faith
descendants have helped to build.
Following the service we will have a special reception in Congregational Hall to welcome our
Confirmands and special guests.
We are aware of some of the Merriman descendants who are still very active in our congregation.
There may be others. If you are a descendant of Nathaniel Merriman or are interested in more
information about the reunion activities, you may contact Peter Merriman
(firstname.lastname@example.org or the website: www.2013merrimanreunion.com)
Watch for more information of ways you can help make this an unforgettable “once every 100
years” event and save the date – Sunday, June 2, 2013.
In Search of Christian Origins
An “After Easter” Adult Study
On Wednesdays - April 3 through May 22, 2013
9:00 a.m. in The Meetinghouse, 35 South Main Street
Rev. Margaret Jay will facilitate the journey as we go In Search of Christian Origins. We will use portions of a dynamic Biblical Archeology Review DVD Lecture Series taught by James H. Charlesworth, Professor of New Testament and Director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary, as we focus on two key questions for the study of Early Christianity:
• How did the Palestinian Jesus Movement develop within the vibrant but highly factionalized world of First and Second Century Judaism?
• How did this once obscure and insignificant sect evolve into a movement that was able to not only expand far beyond its Jewish roots, but also become the dominant religion of the Roman Empire?
Stewardship for 2013
Delight in Giving
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Books and Beyond will meet the 4th Tuesday of the month
(September – May, not including December) 7:00- 8:30 pm in the Guild Room
at church. A list of books for our first year is listed below.
May 28, 2013 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
American Cancer Society's Relay For Life
Our First Church team, Linda's Angels. Relay For Life of Meriden-Wallingford on Friday, May 17, 2013.