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 ]

Our Vision and Mission

The community of the First Congregational Church of Wallingford has been on a faith-filled journey to discover God's call for our church in this place and time, 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."   Our renewed Vision and Mission will serve as inspiration and guidepost for our decisions and actions moving forward. [ more ]

What's New at First Church

Christmas is Coming--It's Time to Order Your Wreath!

November 24, 2021 -- Wednesday, November 24 is the deadline to pre-order your Christmas wreaths!  These beautiful 22" balsam weaths, costing $20.00 each and finished with a hand-made bow of your choosing, will be available for pick-up at the back entrance to the Church on December 3 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To place an order, please click to complete the form: [ more ]

Hanging of the Greens

Saturday, November 27 at 9:00 a.m.--You are invited to join us as we prepare the Sanctuary for the Advent season.  After enjoying a fellowship breakfast in Congregational Hall at 9:00 a.m., we will put up the garland and decorate the Christmas tree.  Helpers of all ages are welcome!  A free will offering will be taken to offset the costs of the breakfast.  Come home for the Christmas season and join us for this morning of fellowship with your church family--we look forward to seeing you!

Share the Warm Fuzzies

Sunday, November 21 through Sunday, December 12--Share your warm fuzzies--gently used gloves, mittens, hats and scarves, for both children and adults.  There will be a donation bins located in the Narthex. [ more ]

Yum! Cookies Anyone? It's the Cookie Walk!

Saturday, December 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. -- First Church's famous Cookie Walk will return on Saturday, December 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. via the back entrance to the church building.  You may purchase small or large containers of homemade cookies that you select on your "walk."  Funds raised will support the ministries of the church.  If you would like to bake cookies for the walk, please contact the church office.  [ more ]

Welcome to our New Church Administrative Assistant

Welcome to Maureen Czentnar, our new Church Administrative Assistant.  She comes to us with many years of church office experience, and will greet you with her warm manner and gracious smile.  Stop by the office to introduce yourself and welcome her to our church community! [ more ]

The latest news...

Catch up on all our church news by reading this month's Spire, our church newsletter! [ more ]

Time to Order Your Christmas Poinsettias

December 5, 2021--We are excited that once again you will have the opportunity to purchase poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary this Christmas season! The Flower Committee is offering poinsettias in 6 inch pots for $10.00 each. Order forms must be returned by Sunday, December 5.  You may purchase plants to take home following Christmas Eve services or to be donated to the Community Dinner attendees. Click for ordering information: [ more ]

Sunday Bulletins Available On-line

Our Sunday Bulletin, with our Service of Worship, is now available on-line.  This will allow you to follow along if you are joining our worship service from home.  The Sunday Bulletin QR Code is also located with the photos below.  [ more ]

New Church Office Hours

The Church Office will be open Tuesday through Friday from from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Please take note of the new hours.  Thank you.

Upcoming Fall Events

You caught the Spirit in September! Now it's time to "regather, come home and keep the Spirit afire" with these upcoming events this fall. Please join us! [ more ]

Online Giving

Our church doors have reopened, but everyone's comfort level with gathering may be different.  Our hearts remain open and the work of God's church continues whether you are near or far.  During these unprecedented times, we continue to need your support, as you are able, which can easily be done through online giving.  You may make your pledge or a gift for both church and mission support.  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.  Thank you for your continued care and support! [ more ]

Open and Affirming Announcement

In order to uphold the mission and vision of the First Congregational Church of Wallingford, the Church Council has voted to implement the Open and Affirming process to make official our intent to be a welcoming church for everyone, no matter their sexual orientation, identity, race, gender, or physical and emotional challenges. [ more ]

Emergency Contact Number if Church Office Closed

If you are trying to reach Rev. Kathy Cunliffe or the church office and the church office is closed, we have established a new Google Voice phone number: 203-626-2354.  If you have an emergency and need to reach someone from church, please use that number if there is no answer at the regular 203-265-1691 number.  Thank you.

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