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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 ]

Celebrate Wallingford a Great Success!

October 6-7--Celebrate Wallingford. For the first time, our church participated in this year's Celebrate Wallingford, the festival which takes place in the center of town, right outside our front door.  With the support of our church members, it was a great success. [ more ]

Easter 2019

Easter is a special and sacred time in the life of the church, when we celebrate the Risen Christ and the renewed promise of God's love and new life.  [ more ]

Palm Sunday 2109

Palm Sunday worship at our church is a very special moment in the church year. We begin the walk through Holy Week alongside Jesus on the journey of the last week of his life, which culminates with the joyful good news of Easter Sunday. [ more ]

The Wizard of Oz--A Delightful Production!

On the first weekend of April, we were off to see the Wizard!  First Church mounted a delightful production of "The Wizard of Oz."  The cast was made up of church members of all ages, and many more people worked on the play behind the scenes.  [ more ]

The 2018 Church Fair was a Wonderful Success

November 30 and December 1, 2018-- The "Home for the Holidays" Church Fair was a wonderful success! Thanks to the efforts of so many volunteers who organized, planned, cooked, baked, set-up, cleaned-up, sold, created crafts, provided music...the list goes on and on...the two days were full of joyful spirit. [ more ]

A Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary to the End of WWI

November 10, 2018 -- The First Congregational Church presented a special commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War I at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 in the sanctuary.  [ more ]

All Hallow's Eve 2018

October 31, 2018 -- On a beautiful Halloween evening, with scores of families streaming by our front door, members of the Music Committee served warm apple cider, and spooky music wafted over the sidewalks. [ more ]

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt--A First Church Tradition

November 18, 2018--The Youth Groups and the Confirmation Class will be conducting their 25th Annual Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Your generosity will make a real impact on needy families in our community, truly showing how Faith Makes a Difference. [ more ]

We Celebrate Jeanette Gross's 25 years of Music Ministry

October 14, 2018 -- Our Minister of Music, Jeanette Gross, has served The First Congregational Church of Wallingford for 25 years.  This milestone was celebrated in style--and as a big surprise--on Sunday, October 14.  The choir planned special music and fun presentations. [ more ]

A Celebration of the Creative Spirit!

A Festival of Arts and a Celebration of the Creative Spirit was held at the First Congregational Church of Wallingford on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, 2018.  Members and friends of our church family a shared in a celebration of the creative spirit as we turned Congregational Hall into a wonderful display space for works of art in all mediums... [ more ]

Catch the Spirit 2018

September 9, 2018 was Catch the Spirit Sunday, our celebratory kick-off to another exciting program year. Registration for Church School took place and classes resumed.  Following the 10:00 a.m. worship service, our traditional hot dogs, chips and ice cream were served on the Parade Ground. Displays by our Boards and Committees demonstrated the range of ways for you to get involved in our church life and community. Join us for fellowship, the renewal of the Spirit in our lives and the joy of a new program year at First Church, where we believe that Faith Makes a Difference! [ more ]

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. [ more ]

Cafe' Conversations

Over three sessions of Cafe' Conversations,  church members gathered for delicious food and meaningful conversation as we discussed what God is calling us to do and be in our time. [ 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 or the church office.

Confirmation Sunday 2018

On June 3, 2018, joy and the Holy Spirit filled our sanctuary when eight young people in the Confirmation class joined our church as official members. [ more ]

A Special Pentecost; We honor Pam and Heidi

On Pentecost Sunday, Sunday, May 20, 2018, our community celebrated the work of the Holy Spirit and our church school staff as the regular church school year came to a close.  We particularly lifted up the ministry of Pam and Heidi, our co-Superintendents of our church school, who are moving on to other things after 11 years of amazing and creative service to our children.  [ more ]

All Hallows Eve Concert Oct. 31, 2018

October 31, 2018 -- All Hallows Eve.  Join us on Halloween for a spectacular and spooktactular night at First ChurchA concert of organ and piano music--set in the spookily decorated sanctuary--will again be open to all those passing by.   [ more ]

Scholarship Sunday and Ice Cream Social June 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018-- This Father's Day was a special morning at the 10:00 a.m. worship service as we honored our graduating high school seniors and the Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships. The Scholarship Commitee then offered an Ice Cream Social in Congregational Hall to honor the recipients and thank the congregation for their generous support of the Scholarship Fund. [ more ]

Sherry Perkowski Retires; Pam and Heidi's Last Sunday

After many years of service as our Sexton, Sherry Perkowski is retiring at the end of June.  Her work among us was celebrated on June 24 at the 10:00 a.m. service.  It was also Pam Perkowski and Heidi Bonassar's last Sunday as Co-Superintendents of our Church School, and we again thanked them for their ministry to our children.more ]

Church School News Spring 2018

Our Church School is involved in lots of special projects and activities.  You can join us or help out in several ways... [ more ]

Thanks for your Generosity!

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt -- Thanks to your generosity, our Youth Groups were able to collect a bountiful supply of food items--enough that members of the Board of Community and World Service were able to assemble 60 bags of food to distribute to families in need. [ more ]

Season of Gratitude

November was our Season of Gratitude and Generosity!  During the month of November, we paid closer attention to all of our blessings and celebrating Gratitude and Living Generously. [ more ]

Decorating our Christmas Tree

It has become a tradition at our church that a group from our Men's Ministry select and cut down a Christmas tree to grace our Sanctuary during the Advent and Christmas season.  Other folks then join in and decorate it!  [ more ]

Mission Trip Thank You Dinner

September 30, 2017 -- On Saturday evening, the Senior High youth and adults who participated in the 11th Annual Mission Trip to Cedar Grove, West Virginia, offered a delicious Thank You dinner to the congregation in appreciation for their support.  [ more ]

Our New Heating System is Complete!

After countless hours of research and consideration, the Board of Trustees has approved a $386,075 contract with CT HVAC, Inc. to replace our heating system. After adding 20% for unexpected occurrences and cosmetic repairs once the job is completed, the total estimated cost for the project is $463,290.  The new heating system is finally installed, and we are enjoying the delights of silent, reliable heat in the Sanctuary! [ more ]

Diana Majchrzak Appreciation Sunday

September 24, 2017  -- For 18 years, Diana Majchrzak was the welcoming face and voice of our congregation, and it is with a deep sense of thanksgiving for her grace-filled service that we were able to show our appreciation and celebrate her ministry among us with a reception at Coffee Hour following the 10:00 a.m. service. [ more ]

Holy Joe's Cafe' Launches its own Non-profit

September 1, 2017 - At the August 28, 2017 Church Council Meeting, Holy Joe's Cafe', which has been a ministry of our church since 2006, was voted to become it's own separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Holy Joe's Cafe', Inc.  The paperwork has been completed, their Board formed, their approval from the State of Connecticut finalized, and their federal 501(c)3 status pending, meaning that now donations to Holy Joe's can go directly to the new entity.  The mission of providing coffee, tea and hot chocolate to military chaplains and the troops continues! [ more ]

Catch the Spirit Sunday

September 10, 2017 was Catch the Spirit Sunday, our celebratory kick-off to another exciting program year! [ more ]

Lobster Fest

Sunday, July 30, 2017 was the perfect afternoon for a Lobster Bake! PNA Park, Wallingford was the setting for great food, fun and friends! [ more ]

2017 Youth Mission Trip to Cedar Grove, West Virginia

July 15-23, 2017 - Our youth traveled to Cedar Grove, West Virginia, to help fix homes for families in need. [ more ]

The Installation of Rev. Kathy Cunliffe

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Rev. Kathleen Cunliffe was installed as the 18th Senior Minister of The First Congregational Church of Wallingford. This was a historic occasion, as Rev. Kathy was the first woman to be called as the Senior Minister of our church... [ more ]

Scholarship Sunday and Ice Cream Social

June 11, 2017 - Thanks to the fund-raising efforts by the Scholarship Committee and the generosity of our congregation, on Sunday, June 11, our church was able to award scholarships to seven high school seniors [ more ]

The Matins Choir from Des Moines, Iowa Visits First Church

June 11, 2017 - The Matins Choir, a choir of approximately 65 youth in grades 9-12 from Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa, blessed us with their presence and their music during worship on Sunday, June 11. We are hosting them [ more ]

Installation of New Heating System...and How You Can Help!

Great news!  Our new heating system is finally being installed!  And with your help, our church is eligible for funding under the Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act. [ more ]

Confirmation 2017

June 4, 2017 - On Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017, ten young people in the Confirmation class became official members of First Church. [ more ]

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