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

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 ]

Join Us for a Musical Lenten Series

Wednesdays, February 24 through March 24 -- Join us via Zoom on Wednesday evenings during Lent, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., to sing along and learn about the stories behind favorite Lenten and Easter Hymns.  [ 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 ]

It's Time for Implementation of our Mission

It's time for implementation of our Mission, as affirmed in our Vision and Mission Statements resulting from the Jeremiah Project. [ more ]

Join us Online for a Women's Breakfast

Sunday, March 14, 2021--Join us for a Zoom Women's Breakfast, held on Sunday, March 14 at 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.  "The Upper Room" devotional reading for the day will be our conversation starter. [ 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 ]

Acting Coordinator of Church School Position

After leading our Church School admirably for several years, Jessie DePonte has stepped down from the position of Acting Coordinator of Church School. She will continue to be an important member of our Board of Christian Education.

This means that we currently are seeking a new Acting Coordinator. This is a paid position for 5 hours per week, with the potential of increasing to up to 10 hours once we are all able to return to the church. We are looking for a creative, flexible person, willing to learn new technology. Resumes can be emailed to robind111@snet.net or call (203)379-6735 after 6 p.m. if you are interested in more information.

Process to Re-Open the Church

While we all are eager to resume worship in our sanctuary, there are many preparations to be made beforehand.  A small committee, under the guidance of Church Council, is in the process of taking steps to re-open the church safely. The Task Force shares with you the status of the process to open the church for worship. [ more ]

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, now available on our new 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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