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

Fall Rummage Sale--October 3, 4 and 5

Thursday, October 3, Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 - 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 ]


13th Annual Family Life Golf Tournament

September 28, 2019-- The 13th Annual Family Life Golf Tournament to support breast cancer awareness and research and the Family Life Center Fund will be held on Saturday, September 28 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 or at coffee hour. [ more ]


Ecclesiastical Council for our Member in Discernment

October 3, 2019--An Ecclesiastical Council for our Member in Discernment, Connor Filkins, will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  An Ecclesiastical Council is a meeting of the delegates of the New Haven Association of the United Church of Christ to examine Connor for fitness for ordained ministry.  Members of the church and friends of Connor are welcome to attend.  This is an important and exciting moment in the life of Connor and our church community! [ 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 ]


A New Ministry: Women's Breakfast

Sunday, October 13 and 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, Oct. 13.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (203) 265-1691 or Lorraine Westervelt. 


Something New! Baby Buddies!

Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. -- Baby Buddies: This is something new that we are piloting. It is a once a month play group for babies from ages 0-2. It will be a free play time for kids and their parents to visit. This play group will meet in the nursery, and coffee will be provided. If we get enough interest, we'll start planning little activities and crafts, but for now we just want it to be a time for our youngest members to get to know each other--not to mention their parents!  Anyone with a baby 0-2 is welcome! [ 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 ]


2019 Mission Trip to Dexter, Maine--Mission Accomplished!

July 21-27 Youth Mission Trip to Dexter, Maine--Our dedicated youth and intrepid adults repaired homes, shared love and concern, and celebrated their faith in Dexter, Maine on this year’s mission trip.  We rejoice with them as they spread God's love and blessings in the world through their hard work and care for others. [ more ]


Rev. Margaret Jay's Retirement Service and Celebration of Ministry

Rev. Margaret Jay's last Sunday service with us before her retirement on July 15, 2019 was celebrated on June 30, 2019. Following the 10:00 a.m. worship service, over 200 church members and friends attended a reception honoring her ministry in Congregational Hall. Margaret was presented with tributes, gifts, delicious food and our best wishes as she embarks on the journey of retirement. [ 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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