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

The Jeremiah Project

The community of the First Congregational Church of Wallingford is embarking 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. [ more ]

Save the Date for a Kids' Halloween Party!

Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.--Save the date for a kids' Halloween Party! The Board of Christian Education is sponsoring a fun Halloween Party for kids 0-10. We are planning on decorating Congregational Hall to make it "spooky". There will be snacks, games, music and a costume parade.  Kids are highly encouraged to bring their friends, and to come in costume.  [ more ]

An Evening of Adult Fellowship

Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. -- Are you new to our church community?  New-ish to the church--been here a while but don't feel you know anyone well? Or you've drifted away and want to reconnect?  Come join us at the home of Steve and Ellie Hazelwood for adult fellowship and to share a pot-luck meal.  If you'd like to join us for a relaxed evening of fun and a chance to make new friends, please call the church office at 203-265-1691 to RSVP and let us know what you would like to bring as a side dish.  As this is an adult event, if you would like to bring your own beverage, please feel free to do so.  We hope to see you there!

A New Ministry: Women's Breakfast

Sunday, November 17, 2019--The Family Life Board is starting a new ministry, a Women's Breakfast to be held once a month on Sunday mornings between services, from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.  This will be a casual, simple breakfast accompanied by coffee, tea and conversation.  "The Upper Room" devotional reading for the day will be our conversation starter.   A free will offering will be taken to cover the cost of the meal.  The next Breakfast will be Sunday, Nov. 17.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (203) 265-1691 or Lorraine Westervelt. 

Congratulations to our Member in Discernment

An Ecclesiastical Council of the New Haven Association of the United Church of Chris for our Member in Discernment, Connor Filkins, was held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  We are pleased to announce that the Council approved Connor for ordination, pending call. [ more ]

Catch the Spirit 2019

September 8, 2019 was Catch the Spirit Sunday, our celebratory kick-off to another exciting program year. As part of our celebration, we had a Blessing of the Backpacks for all children, students of all ages and educators. Following worship, our traditional hot dogs, chips and ice cream were served on the Parade Ground, and opportunities for ministry were on display. Join us for fellowship and the renewal of the Spirit in your lives at First Church, where we believe that Faith Makes a Difference. You are welcome here no matter where you are on life's journey! [ more ]

Online Giving

What's new at First Church?  We recently established online giving!  As of this time, you may make your pledge for both church and mission support.  As time goes by, we will be able to add opportunities to support events and other areas where your contributions needed.  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.

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