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

Our Music Programs Fall 2018

There are many ways to participate in the music life of our church.  Join a choir!  Play an instrument!  Join the Praise Band!  Ring a bell! [ more ]

Silver Lake Men's Fellowship Retreat Oct. 12-13

October 12-13, 2018 -- This October marks the 11-year anniversary of the ground breaking for the Herbie Knight III community building at Silver Lake in Sharon, CT. We are the only UCC church who takes responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of any of the buildings. The retreat is intended to provide not only the winterizing of the facility, but an opportunity for the men of our congregation to fellowship with one another and reflect upon What God is Calling Them to Do. All men are invited and encouraged to come! Even if you have never joined us before, this great group of guys welcomes you for fellowship, laughter, thoughtful conversation and the opportunity to share meaningful work. This is an overnight opportunity, but staying overnight is not required. If you are interested in attending, or for more information on the facility needs and the fellowship, please contact Herb Knight (203-215-5100 or herb.knight.jr@gmail.com) or the church office.

Fall Rummage Sale--October 4, 5 and 6

Thursday, October 4, Friday, October 5 and and Saturday, October 6 - The Fall Rummage Sale is upon us!  We'll need plenty of donations and most of all VOLUNTEERS to help us set up and work the sale.   Please contact the church office at (203)265-1691 or firstchurchwlfd@snet.net and leave your name with Lisa.  We are looking forward to another great sale with your help! [ more ]

A Celebration of the Creative Spirit

October 13-14, 2018--A Festival of Arts and a Celebration of the Creative Spirit will be held at the First Congregational Church of Wallingford on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, 2018. This is an invitation to all members and friends of our church family to share in a celebration of the creative spirit as we turn Congregational Hall into a wonderful display space for works of art in all mediums...click here for more.

Join Us for Brunch to Celebrate the 2018 Wallingford Workcamp

September 29, 2018-- Mark your calendar for a Thank You Brunch on Saturday, September 29 at 11:00 a.m. in Congregational Hall.  Please note the change in time!  Please come and help us celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of the Wallingford Workcamp if you participated in any way.  We would love to have members of the planning committee, cookie makers and organizers, stockholders, campers and their families and friends.  The brunch will feature a slideshow of our hard work making life better for others.  Let's celebrate this tremendous endeavor!

12th Annual Family Life Golf Tournament

September 22, 2018-- The 12th Annual Family Life Golf Tournament to support breast cancer awareness and research and the Family Life Center Fund will be held on Saturday, September 22 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, at coffee hour, or you can contact Margaret Jay. [ more ]

Taize' Worship September 26

The busyness of autumn is upon us!  Feel the need to take a breath and find some silence to replenish your spirit?  Taize' Services resume on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:15, beginning on September 26 in the sanctuary.  All are welcome to join us for this quiet, meditative time of music, prayer and silence.  [ more ]

Celebrate Wallingford October 6-7

October 6-7--Celebrate Wallingford. The Trustees have suggested that our church participate in this year's Celebrate Wallingford, the festival which takes place in the center of town, right outside our front door. The Diaconate's own Chef Herb has agreed to prepare delicious food for this event. This important outreach to the Wallingford community is in the planning stages, and to make it happen we need MANY volunteers to support this 2-day event. All are invited and welcome to help; you don't need to be on a Board or Committee. We are asking you to just dedicate 3 hours, either at the food booth and /or the separate display of our many missions and church activities. Our goal is not just fundraising (but that is certainly needed!) but also to let the community know more about us as a faith family. Let us shine!

Wallingford Workcamp 2018--A Blessed Experience!

The 2018 Wallingford Workcamp was an amazing experience to all who participated--from the youth from around the country, to the people who were served, to the members at First Church who planned and implemented extensive preparations, as well as many Wallingford businesses and community members who donated their time, treasure, expertise and unbelievable amount of effort.  Wallingford was blessed by all who participated in so many different ways--thank you.  Check out this video from Fox 61 to get a sense of how valuable this project was to all who were involved, or this wonderful video from one of our camper's point of view.  Here is a link to the Wallingford Workcamp FaceBook page for wonderful pictures and a sense of all that happened. [ more ]

Thank You for Helping Fill Back-to-School Backpacks

The Board of Community & World Service was asked to fill 42 backpacks for needy children.  Through your generous donations of backpacks, pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, 24-count box of crayons, colored pencils, notebooks, markers, rulers, etc., we were able to fill 60 backbacks with supplies to spare!  Your support will help kids get off to a great start this school year.  Thank you!

Discount Lake Compounce Tickets Available

Our church has received 102 coupons for $15 tickets for Lake Compounce in Bristol as a result of Wallingford Work Camps purchase in July. Take this opportunity for some late summer fun! Please call or stop by the office to pick up enough for your family or group of friends. They expire September 9.

Deacons reading "Becoming A Blessed Church"

The Diaconate, along with all of their regular duties, are engaged in reading "Becoming A Blessed Church...Forming a Church of Spiritual Purpose, Presence and Power" by N. Graham Standish.  This book offers a spiritually focused way to look at how we "do church" and "be the church" at this moment of cultural change.  The Church Council is also reading and discussing this book.  If you are interested in insight as to the Diaconate activities and discussions, please click here.

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