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

Regathering in the Sanctuary begins on May 9

May 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. is the day that Regathering in the Sanctuary for worship is scheduled to begin!  We will be following protocols for safety and this date may be changed if it appears to be unsafe to gather, but we look forward with joy to regather for worship.  Please read the announcement for more details: [ more ]

Stewardship Sunday May 16, 2021

Sunday, May 16, 2021 is Stewardship Sunday.  Join us in the Sanctuary or on-line as we choose to celebrate God's many gifts to us with our generosity in return.  [ more ]

Blessing of the Animals and Supply Drive for the Animal Shelter

Saturday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m. - Noon -- Join us for a Blessing of the Animals and a collection supporting the Wallingford Animal Shelter on Saturday morning, May 15.  The Animal Shelter does not need food supplies, but any food for people you would like to donate will be given to Master's Manna.  The Shelter needs supplies such as clumping cat litter, cleaning supplies and chew toys. The collection will be drive through in the back parking lot.  Thank you for your continued generosity as we conduct monthly food and supply collections! [ more ]

It's Time for Scholarship Applications!

Our church offers scholarships to active church members who are pursuing higher education.  If you or your high school student who is graduating this year are interested in applying for a scholarship, please fill out the application form by May 17, 2021. For the first time, the application has moved online. [ more ]

Mother's Day Plant Sale

Mothers' Day Plant Sale - all May long!  The Scholarship Committee is working with Beaumont Farm for our Mothers' Day Plant Sale. Show the Sale Flyer when you make ANY purchase at Beaumont Farm during the ENTIRE month of May, and they will donate a portion of the sale to the First Congregational Church Scholarship Committee. [ more ]

The latest news...

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

Join us Online for a Women's Breakfast

Sunday, May 16, 2021--Join us for a Zoom Women's Breakfast, held on Sunday, May 16 at 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.  "The Upper Room" devotional reading for the day will be our conversation starter. [ more ]

Online Giving

While our church doors may be closed due to the coronavirus, our hearts remain open and the work of God's church continues.  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 ]

Join Us for Sunday School

Sunday mornings 9:00-9:30 a.m.-- Are your kids missing Sunday School?  We have a Zoom Sunday School program for kids Pre-K through 8th grade.  Continue reading for registration information. [ more ]

Open and Affirming Announcement

December 2020 -- 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 ]

Congregational Hall Renovations

While we have not been able to meet or worship in person, the Trustees are taking advantage of the empty building to tackle much needed renovations. [ 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.

Note New Church Office Hours

The Church Office will be open on Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Please take note of the new hours.  Thank you.

Sunday Morning Worship

Church is more than a building!  Join us for our Sunday morning worship services, available on our YouTube ChannelThere you will find the service for the current week as well past recordings. You may go to the channel at 10:00 a.m. or later each Sunday morning and find the recorded service. It will remain there for future viewing if you cannot view it at our usual worship time.  You may also access our YouTube Channel by clicking on Church Online under Quick Links. 

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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