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

Watch how to Make Palm Crosses at Home

Saturday, April 4 at 9:00 a.m. -- Hop on over to our Facebook page to see how to make Palm Crosses at homeTraditionally, on the Saturday before Palm Sunday, folks gather for breakfast and to create Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday.  Since we can't do that this year, you can see how to make palm crosses from materials you have at home.   You can watch the video later, too!

You can access our Facebook page by clicking the Facebook button under Quick Links, either above or below, depending on if you are on your phone or computer. if you do not have a FaceBook account, you can enter www.facebook.com/firstchurchwallingford/ to link to the page.


Palm Sunday Service

Sunday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m.-- Join us for Palm Sunday at 10:00 a.m. from the comfort of your home!  There will be music, and the story time for children will be incorporated into the worship time together instead of the 12:00 noon Sunday School Storytime.  Jessie DePonte will be one of our worship leaders and will be offering a Time with the Children during our service.

Since it is also the first Sunday of the month, we will be sharing Communion together.  Please plan to have ready some bread or crackers, and a small cup of juice or wine for each person participating from your household. We may be far apart physically, but we can join our hearts together by sharing in the Lord's Supper.

This is always a very special moment in the life of our congregation, and while it will be very different this year, we can share the experience together embraced by the spirit of God.

You can access the Palm Sunday Service by clicking on the Facebook button under Quick Links, either above or below, depending on if you are on your phone or computer. if you do not have a FaceBook account, you can enter www.facebook.com/firstchurchwallingford/ to link to the worship.


Worship and Activities Move On-Line

Due to coronavirus concerns, the Church is closed for all in-person meetings, activities, and gatherings in accordance with public health guidelines.  We will continue to offer worship through our FaceBook page, and there will be opportunities to "virtually" gather as a community.  We understand that this is disappointing, but it is our prayer that everyone be kept from harm. Thank you for your understanding, and God bless you all and keep you safe. Please click on the link to read Pastor Kathy's most recent letter to the congregation, with updated information. [ more ]


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.


Online Giving

You can still make your gifts of support to the church while we are closed due to the coronavirus through online giving.  You may make your pledge 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 support of our church during these unprecedented times.


Experience our Sunday, March 29 "Virtual" Worship

Sunday, March 29  -- Experience our Sunday, March 29 worship service by clicking here or via our FaceBook page!  You can click on the FaceBook button under Quick Links, or if you do not have a FaceBook account, you can enter www.facebook.com/firstchurchwallingford/ to link to the worship. This time together, apart, as a community of faith, is a true gift to our spirits.  We welcome you to join us!


Join Jessie for a Story and a Craft Sundays at Noon

Join Jessie, our Acting Church School Superintendent, for an on-line story and activity for our children on Sundays at noon. Join her by clicking on the FaceBook button under Quick Links, or if you do not have a FaceBook account, you can enter www.facebook.com/firstchurchwallingford/ to link to the live streaming story.   On March 22, Jessie shared a story about kindness, and on March 29, she shared the story of Jesus meeting Zaccheas.


The Jeremiah Project

The community of the First Congregational Church of Wallingford has embarked on a faith-filled journey to discover God's call for our church in this place and time. The Jeremiah Project is 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." A renewed Vision and Mission will serve as inspiration and guidepost for our decisions and actions moving forward. We now have the fruits of the work available for you to review and comment on by March 15, 2020. [ more ]





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