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

Welcome to Our New Website!

What's new at First Church?  Our website!  As with all websites, it is a work in progress, so please check back for news you can use, updates and photographs of our church life.  Thanks for visiting!   

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 ]

Meet our New Youth Ministry Team

Sunday, September 17, 2017 -- We are excited to announce our new Youth Ministry Team!

The Board of Christian Education, working with a smaller committee made up of youth and adults who have worked with our youth, evaluated our program, interviewed candidates, and have selected three people to lead our Youth program.

We are adopting a team model of youth leadership, with three paid leaders, as well as including the dedicated parents and adults volunteers who have added so much to our program.

On Sunday morning, our new Youth Ministry Team was commissioned during the worship service. [ more ]

Welcome to our New Office Manager!

September 25, 2017 - Welcome to our new Office Manager, Lisa Lape. Lisa comes to us from St. Gabriel's Roman Catholic Church in Windsor. She worked there for over 16 years, serving as Religious Education Secretary, Parish Secretary and School Secretary. She has a breadth of experience and a warm and welcoming manner. [ more ]

Mission Trip Thank You Dinner

September 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. -- Wow! We just completed our 11th Annual Mission Trip with the Senior High Youth Group, traveling to Charleston, West Virginia. If you would like to hear about our trip, please join us on Saturday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m. for a Thank You dinner. [ more ]

Confirmation Class of 2017-2018 Commissioned

September 17, 2017 -  Our Confirmation Class of 2017-2018 was commissioned during Sunday worship as they begin their year of spiritual exploration.  "Confirmation is a faith journey.  It is a journey away from the place where we think of ourselves first, to a place where we can offer ourselves in service to the church and others. Today, we welcome this year's confirmation class to the journey and uphold them with our prayers and promises of support." more ]

Progressive Dinner--Churches on Main

Saturday, October 14 -- 5:30-8:30 p.m. - The Annual Progressive Dinner to share fine food and fellowship with our friends among the three churches on Main Street will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The evening will begin at First Church. We have the Appetizer course this year. [ more ]

Installation of New Heating System and How You Can Help

August 6 - November 2017 --  We have great news!  Our new heating system is being installed, beginning the week of August 6.  And with your help, our church is eligible for funding under the Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act. [ more ]

Catch the Spirit Sunday

September 10, 2017 was Catch the Spirit Sunday, our celebratory kick-off to another exciting program year.  This year our worship featured a magical minister, The Rev. David Reed Brown.  He is a minister and a magician!  Sunday School resumed, and following the 10:00 a.m. worship service, our traditional hot dogs, chips and ice cream were served on the Parade Ground.  Displays by the Boards and Committees demonstrated the range of ways to get involved in our church life and community.  Games, laughter and fellowship completed a joyful Sunday morning! [ more ]

Wallingford Workcamp Team 2018

The Wallingford Workcamp Team 2018 project is well underway and gathering momentum, but still needs your help! Our church, in partnership with the non-profit Group Mission Trips, will be hosting a work camp here in town from July 8-14, 2018. [ more ]

Taize' Worship

Rev. Kathy will lead a Taize' worship service at 6:15 on the last Wednesday of each month. [ more ]

Holy Joe's Cafe' Launches it's 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 ]

Annual Rummage Sale

Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 - The Annual Rummage Sale will be held on Friday, Nov. 3, opening at 4:00 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 4 opening at 9:00 a.m. [ more ]

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