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 ]

Our Vision and Mission

The community of the First Congregational Church of Wallingford has been on a faith-filled journey to discover God's call for our church in this place and time, based on the scripture from Jeremiah 29:10, "I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a future with hope."   Our renewed Vision and Mission will serve as inspiration and guidepost for our decisions and actions moving forward. [ more ]

What's New at First Church

Open and Affirming Kick-Off Event

Sunday, October 3, 2021 following 10:00 a.m. worship -- You are invited to attend the kick-off event for our church's Open and Affirming process.  Join us for a light lunch and to watch a documentary together, followed by discussion.  The documentary will introduce us to the Open and Affirming movement.  As part of our mission and vision, the Church Council voted to implement this process to make official our intent to be a welcoming church for everyone, no matter their sexual orientation, identity, race, gender, or physical and emotional challenges. [ more ]

So Many Snacks for Backpacks!

Thank you for your generous support of our "School is Back, Give 'Em a Snack for their Backpack" "snacky" food drive on September 18, supporting Master's Manna. We collected 395 pounds of food and snacks, stuffing a SUV!  Thank you for your continued generosity at our drive-though collections as we conduct monthly food and supply drives supporting our local community. [ more ]

14th Annual Family Life Golf Tournament

October 9, 2021-- The 14th Annual Family Life Golf Tournament to support breast cancer awareness and research and the Family Life Center Fund will be held on Saturday, October 9 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 or through the website by clicking on Online Giving . [ more ]

BouzaStrong Pasta Dinner a Great Success

A Big Thank You – To everyone who volunteered and/or participated in Friday night's BouzaStrong Pasta Dinner! It was a wonderful success and a truly inspiring evening because of all of your efforts and your thoughtfulness in supporting Fred and Jodi and their family during this challenging time. The food was delicious, the fellowship was festive, the raffle was an amazing display of support, and a good time was had by all! Thank you for your generosity and for each and every one who made it possible!

Sunday Bulletins Now Available On-line

Our Sunday Bulletin, with our Service of Worship, is now available on-line.  This will allow you to follow along if you are joining our worship service from home.  The Sunday Bulletin QR Code is also located with the photos below.  [ more ]

Congregational Hall Renovations

While we were not able to meet or worship in person, the Trustees took advantage of the empty building to tackle much needed renovations.  After the Annual Meeting on June 13, the renovations to Congregational Hall were revealed. [ more ]

Summer Church Office Hours

The Church Office will be open Tuesday through Friday mornings from from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.   Please take note of the new hours.  Thank you.

The latest news...

Catch up on all our church news by reading this month's Spire, our church newsletter! [ more ]

Online Giving

Our church doors have reopened, but everyone's comfort level with gathering may be different.  Our hearts remain open and the work of God's church continues whether you are near or far.  During these unprecedented times, we continue to need your support, as you are able, which can easily be done through online giving.  You may make your pledge or a gift for both church and mission support.  Click here to make your convenient, easy and secure gift to our church and help us make a difference in the world.  Click here to answer frequently asked questions.  Thank you for your continued care and support! [ more ]

Open and Affirming Announcement

In order to uphold the mission and vision of the First Congregational Church of Wallingford, the Church Council has voted to implement the Open and Affirming process to make official our intent to be a welcoming church for everyone, no matter their sexual orientation, identity, race, gender, or physical and emotional challenges. [ more ]

Seeking Acting Coordinator of Church School

We are seeking a new Acting Coordinator of our Church School. This is a paid position for 10 hours per week.  We are looking for a creative, flexible person, willing to learn new technology, who is excited to work with children and Church School teachers. Resumes can be emailed to Robin Davies at robind111@snet.net or call (203) 379-6735 after 6 p.m. if you are interested in more information.

Emergency Contact Number if Church Office Closed

If you are trying to reach Rev. Kathy Cunliffe or the church office and the church office is closed, we have established a new Google Voice phone number: 203-626-2354.  If you have an emergency and need to reach someone from church, please use that number if there is no answer at the regular 203-265-1691 number.  Thank you.

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