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 Fun Family Bowling!

Sunday, March 11, 2018-- The Family Life Board is sponsoring a fun family bowling event on Sunday, March 11 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Wallingford Bowl at 980 N. Colony Rd. in Wallingford. Join us! The cost will be $5.00 for the first game, and the Family Life Board will buy the second game. [ more ]

Easter Scavenger Hunt

March 18, 2018--The Confirmation and Youth Groups will be conducting their Annual Easter Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, March 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Your generosity will make a difference for families in our community. Easter Baskets will be distributed through our Covenant to Care social workers with The Department of Children and Families in Meriden.  Thank you!
We are collecting things to fill Easter Baskets for toddlers through teens including candy and other Easter basket items. You can help in three ways:
• You can set aside items that will be picked up on March 18
• You can bring items to church with you
• You can participate as an adult driver for the Easter basket collection. Sign up forms will be available in the bulletin and the office.

Easter Flowers to Decorate our Sanctuary

March 25, 2018-- During Lent, you will have the opportunity to purchase Easter Flowers to decorate the Sanctuary for Easter Sunday. Tulips, hyacinths, daffodils or lilies can be ordered in honor or memory of a loved one. Flowers must be ordered by Sunday, March 25 by placing the order form in the offering plate or returning it to the church office. [ more ]

Church School News--March 2018

During March 2018, our Church School is involved in lots of special projects and activities during the Lenten Season. You can join us or help out in several ways... [ more ]

Palm Cross Breakfast

March 24, 2018-- Mark your calendars for the Palm Cross Breakfast, hosted by The Board of Christian Education. Join us on Saturday, March 24 as we share a breakfast of french toast, fruit and sausages. After breakfast we will make 700 crosses from palm fronds. Beginners are welcome!

Singing on Palm Sunday

CHERUBS: We need you again! We will be singing "Little Grey Donkey" on Palm Sunday, March 25. Rehearsals will be held after church from 11:20-11:50 a.m. on February 18, March 4 and 18, and Saturday, March 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (after Palm Cross making).

CHILDREN and ADULTS: We will be singing "The Palms" on Palm Sunday. Anyone in the congregation is welcome to join the choir for this traditional hymn. Come rehearse on Palm Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Taize' Worship during Lent

Rev. Kathy will lead a Taize' worship service from on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 6:45 during the Lenten season in the Sanctuary.  Services will be held on February 21, 28, March 7, 14 and 21.  All are welcome to join us for this quiet, meditative time of music, prayer and silence.  [ more ]

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Pancake Flipping Races

The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, sponsored by our Deacons, was held on Tuesday, February 13. It was a festive evening, starting with delicious pancakes and sausage. Then the fun really began with the Pancake Flipping races! [ more ]

Tuesday Evening Lenten Series

A World of Stories – A Multimedia Journey on Tuesday evenings--Please join us for supper, fellowship and interesting conversation, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with the Homemade Soup & Sandwich Supper followed by the Lenten Program at 6:45 p.m.  Our Lenten series this year invites us to reflect on the stories of our faith, the stories of our lives, and stories from the life of the world around us. Through the media of print, documentary and feature films, and personal story sharing – we will experience together stories that can touch the heart, mind and soul. [ more ]

Wednesday Morning Lenten Study--The Life, Faith and Writings of C.S. Lewis

Wednesday Mornings, February 21-March 28, 2018--Join us for Adult Study and Conversation on Wednesday mornings during Lent from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the Meetinghouse to engage in the life, faith and writings of C.S. Lewis, considered by many to be the greatest Christian writer of the 20th century. [ more ]

Easter Vigil at Ashlar Village

Saturday, March 31, 2018-- There will be an Easter Vigil held at the Ashlar Village Auditorium A and B on Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m.  All are welcome to join the Ashlar Village residents for this beautiful service.  If you are interested in purchasing Easter lilies to decorate the auditorium in honor or memory of a loved one, or just to take home and enjoy following the service, please complete the order form and return it by Sunday, March 18. 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 and great conversation is welcome to join us! The book discussion on February 27 will be integrated with our Lenten Supper Series. Come at 6:00 pm and enjoy a choice of Cameroonian soup (prepared by Rev. Jay) or a good old American chicken vegetable option, or come just for the book conversation at 7:00. [ more ]

Spring Rummage Sale--Save the Dates!

Thursday, May 3, Friday, May 4 and and Saturday, May 5 - Save the dates (and your stuff!) for The Spring Rummage Sale.  We'll need plenty of donations and most of all VOLUNTEERS to help us set up and work the sale.  Please contact the church office at (203)265-1691 or firstchurchwlfd@snet.net and leave your name with Lisa.  We are looking forward to another great sale! [ more ]

Weather Related Cancellations

Weather related cancellations to our programs or church school are posted on the three local television stations, Channels 3, 8 and 30.  While church is not usually cancelled, dangerous conditions may cause the church office, meetings, and programs (even church if bad enough) to be closed for safety. 

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 ]

Our New Heating System is Complete!

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 is complete! We have heat in the Sanctuary and air conditioning in Congregational Hall. [ more ]

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