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

Catch up with the latest news!

Check out "The Spire", our newsletter, for the very latest news, updates and reminders of what is going on at First Church. [ more ]


Another Special Sunday of Music Coming Up!

Sunday, December 15--Join us this Sunday morning during 10:00 a.m. worship for the choir's Choral Sermon presentation of "The Thrill of Hope," written by Joel Raney.  We continue with our Advent theme of Joy, honoring the 300th anniversary of the Christmas carol "Joy to the World."  In the afternoon at 3:00 p.m., join us for a fun and joyful Christmas party featuring the "Coconuts", a local band, for a completely different kind of music!  Tickets are $10.00 for adults, kids under 16 are free.  Everyone is welcome!


A New Ministry: Women's Breakfast

Sunday, December 15, 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, December 15.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (203) 265-1691 or Lorraine Westervelt. 


All Church Christmas Celebration with Live Music

December 15, 2019--On Sunday, December 15 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., our church will be hosting a Christmas Celebration with Live Music... invite your friends!
The band will be playing from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10.00 per person which includes the music and refreshments; children and youth under the age of 16 are free.  Tickets are available at the Church Office or through a member of the Board of Trustees.  Take a break from the holiday chores and join us for a fun afternoon of Christmas fun and fellowship! [ more ]


Join Us as We Share the Joy of the Christmas Season

We invite you to join us for for worship as we experience the Advent Season together through the lens of the beloved Christmas carol classic, "Joy to the World" as it turns 300 this year.  Composer Isaac Watt's interpretation of Psalm 98 invites us to sing a "new song"—and it is a powerful cosmic performance of all creation being renewed and freed. Rather than "joy" being yet another word for "happiness," we will discover that the depths of joy can be found especially in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion—all part of the coming of Jesus to this world and a message the world still so desperately needs. [ more ]


The 2019 Church Fair--Making Spirits Bright!

December 6 and December 7 -- Our Church Fair was held on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7.  The "Making Spirits Bright" Fair, with handmade crafts, delicious food, cookies, breakfast, luncheon, photos with Santa, music, jewelry, unique gifts, books, participation in the Wallingford Stroll...and more...was a wonderful success! [ more ]


Christmas Community Dinner

Don't Spend Christmas Alone!  On Christmas Day, 2019, there will be Christmas Dinner welcoming all, sponsored by Wallingford Community Dinners and the First Congregational Church.  Dinner begins serving at noon until 2:00 p.m. in Congregational Hall. Turkey with all the fixings will be served; there will be music, laughter and craft activities.  Meals will also be delivered to the homebound. Volunteers and donations welcome.  [ more ]


Breaking Bread Together

During this season of thanksgiving and "breaking bread together", we give thanks for all of our blessings and the meaningful ways our church impacts our lives and the lives of others, and we recommit ourselves through the gifts of our time, talent, and treasure. And we celebrate by sharing a meal! [ more ]


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 ]


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.


Weather Related Cancellations

Weather related cancellations to our programs or church school are posted on the three local television stations, Channels 3, 8 and 30.  While church is not usually cancelled, dangerous conditions may cause the church office, meetings, and programs (even church if bad enough) to be closed for safety. 





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