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

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.


Easter Flowers to Decorate our Sanctuary

During Lent, you will have the opportunity to purchase Easter Flowers to decorate the Sanctuary for Easter Sunday. Tulips, hyacinths, daffodils or lilies can be ordered in honor or memory of a loved one. Flowers must be ordered by Sunday, April 14 by placing the order form in the offering plate or returning it to the church office. [ more ]


Tuesday Evening Lenten Series

Our Tuesday evening Lenten series for 2019 will focus on the theme of Our Stories and the Places the Journey Takes Us.  We will gather at 6:00 p.m. for a soup and sandwich supper in Congregational Hall, followed at 6:45 p.m. by the Lenten Program. [ 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 Lent, our Taize' Service will be held weekly on Wednesday evenings, March 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10 and 17 at 6:15 in the sanctuary.  All are welcome to join us for this quiet, meditative time of music, prayer and silence.  [ more ]


The Wizard of Oz to Be Presented

On April 4, 5, 6 and 7, the church is excited to present a congregational production of "The Wizard of Oz." Rehearsals are underway, but there are still opportunities to participate if you are interested.  Please contact Jeanette Gross or Jessie DePonte. [ more ]


"We Were There"--A Choral Sermon

Sunday, March 31, 2019 -- "We Were There", a musical composition by Pepper Choplin, will be offered during the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, March 31. This is a different sort of work where people who were there during Jesus's last week share their experiences.  Join us as we continue on our Lenten journey with this special musical offering.


Help Us Fill Easter Baskets!

Easter is fast approaching! The Board of Community and World Service would love to help provide a filled Easter basket to the many deserving children that are in need through our local DCF. We will have baskets available in the front foyer (Narthex) to pick up and fill as a family or we could build them with your donations. [ more ]


Easter Community Dinner

Don't Spend Easter Alone!  On Easter Sunday, April 21, there will be an Easter 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. Ham with all the fixings will be served; there will be music, laughter and craft activities.  Volunteers and donations welcome.  [ more ]


Scholarship Applications

Our church offers scholarships to active church members who are pursuing higher education.  If you or your high school student are interested in applying for a scholarship, please fill out the application form and return it to the church office by May 1, 2019. 


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. 


Books and Beyond

Books and Beyond, our monthly book club group, will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month through May.  Anyone interested in books, great conversation and fellowship is welcome to join us! Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Guild Room.  We will be reading The Beep Beep Man by L. P. Vine.  Books are available in the church office or by contacting Margaret Jay. [ more ]


Faith Makes A Difference--Imagine What We Can Do!

We thank you for being a partner in the ministry and mission of The First Congregational Church. Your participation in the life of the church, through your gifts of time and talent, as well as on-going financial contributions, is making a difference in the lives of many people. [ more ]


Faith Makes A Difference--A Letter from Pastor Kathy

Have you ever heard the story of the little boy saving starfish, one at a time? "It made a difference to that one!"  I'm writing to share another story with you.  This story is about a church, but not just any church.  It's our church... [ more ]


Youth Group Winter-Spring Update and Calendar

It's great to see the turn out we've had!
Remember, The Middle School group will be meeting from on Sundays from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
The Senior High group will meet from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Sundays. [ more ]


Spring Rummage Sale--May 2, 3 and 4

Thursday, May 2, Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 5 - The Spring 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 ]





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