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 ]

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Pancake Flipping Contest

Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m.-- The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, sponsored by our Deacons, will be held on Tuesday, February 25 in Congregational Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m. It is always a festive evening, starting with delicious pancakes. Then the fun really began with the Pancake Flipping races!  Blueberry, Chocolate Chip and Plain pancakes will be offered, as well as fruit and sausage.  This year we will add something new--join us for an intergenerational project to create a Lenten worship scape for the Sanctuary, which we will install during worship on Sunday, March 1. [ more ]

Ash Wednesday Holy Communion

Wednesday, February 26, 2020-- The season of Lent will begin with the Ash Wednesday Holy Communion Service of Reconciliation and Healing on February 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  We will share the ancient rite of "Anointing with Oil."  Please join us for this very special and meaningful worship to begin this holy season.

Chili Cook-off and Barn Dance

March 8, 2020--On Sunday afternoon, March 8 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Congregational Hall, we will hold a Chili Cook-off and Barn Dance. As March can be so dreary, join us for a cheery afternoon of fun, food and fellowship. There will be a professional Square Dance caller--but no experience is needed! Tickets are $10.00 and children are free. Prepare your special chili to share and bring your tastebuds to decide which is the best! [ more ]

Lenten Taize' Worship

As we journey through the holy season of Lent, take some time with silence and candlelight to replenish your spirit.  During Holy Week, our Taize' Service will be held on Wednesday evenings, March 4, 11,18, 25 and April 1 and 8 at 6:15 in the sanctuary.  The service lasts about 30 to 40 minutes.  All are welcome to join us for this quiet, meditative time of music, prayer and silence.  [ more ]

Music for Lent and Easter

Join us for the special music of Lent and Easter.  There are opportunities for singers of all ages to participate!  [ more ]

Women's Breakfast Monthly Ministry

Sunday, March 8, 2020--The Family Life Board sponsors a Women's Breakfast, held once a month on Sunday mornings between services, from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.  This is 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, March 8.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (203) 265-1691 or Lorraine Westervelt. 

"Once Upon a Tree"--A Choral Sermon

Sunday, March 29, 2020 -- "Once Upon a Tree", a musical composition by Pepper Choplin, will be offered during the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, March 29 as we draw close to Holy Week.  Join us as we continue on our Lenten journey with this special musical offering.

The Jeremiah Project

The community of the First Congregational Church of Wallingford has embarked 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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