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Pastor Kathy's Farewell Sunday
July 31, 2022 was Rev. Kathy Cunliffe's final Sunday among us as our Senior Minister. Following the 10:00 a.m. worship service, church members, family and friends attended a reception honoring her ministry. Kathy was presented with tributes, gifts, delicious food and our best wishes as we say farewell and she embarks on the next chapter of her life. [ more ]
On June 5, 2022, joy and the Holy Spirit filled our sanctuary when we once again celebrated Confirmation in the Sanctuary as eight young people joined our church as official members. [ more ]
Hanging of the Greens
On the morning of Saturday, November 27, the church was filled with fellowship and joy as we gathered to hang the greens and decorate our Christmas tree in preparation for the Advent and Christmas seasons. [ more ]
Catch the Spirit 2021
September 12, 2021 was the date for "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, and following worship, we gathered on the Parade Ground for food, fellowship and the opportunities to learn about our ministries. [ more ]
14th Annual Family Life Golf Tournament
The 14th Annual Family Life Golf Tournament to support breast cancer awareness and research and the Family Life Center Fund was held on Saturday morning, October 9 at Miner Hills Family Golf in Middletown, CT. It was a wonderful success. [ more ]
Clothing Drive to Benefit SCOW
Thank you again for your generosity! Our Oct. 16 clothing drive to benefit the Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW) and local families who have immigrated to Wallingford from Ecuador was a great success. [ more ]
Thank you for supporting our Back-to-School Supply Drive
Our "Back-to-School Supply Drive" on Saturday morning, August 21, supporting the Meriden-Wallingford Department of Children and Families, was a wonderful success, thanks to your generosity. [ more ]
So many snacks for backpacks!
Thank you for your generous support of our "School is Back, Give 'Em a Snack for their Backpack" "snacky" food drive on September 18, supporting Master's Manna. We collected 395 pounds of food and snacks, stuffing a SUV! [ more ]
Congratulations to our High School Seniors!
Congratulations to our graduating High School Seniors! On Sunday, June 13, our church was able to present Scholarships to our Seniors as they head off to higher education. [ more ]
Congregational Hall Renovation
While were not able to meet or worship in person, the Trustees took advantage of the empty building to tackle much needed renovations. After the Annual Meeting on June 13, the renovation of Congregational Hall was revealed. [ more ]
Congratulations to Connor on his Ordination
On Sunday, January 10, we celebrated the Service of Ordination for Connor Filkins virtually. While the format was different, it was a joy to witness this important moment in Connor's life and the life of our congregation. Congratulations, Connor, and we wish you every blessing in your ministry to the church of Jesus Christ!
If you missed it, you can still witness the service by clicking here.
We celebrate this wonderful and sacred milestone in Connor's life with him and his family and offer thanks to God for the journey of faith that has brought him to this special day!
Christmas 2020 at First Church
"Do not be afraid; for behold—I am bringing you good news
Please join us as we celebrate this holy and sacred time!
My deep prayer for each of you is that even in these unusual times, as we miss one another and our beloved traditions, may you look for signs of the blessing of the Christ Child and discover anew the hope, peace, joy, and love because of his presence in our lives. Yours in Christ, Pastor Kathy [ more ]
It's Time for Implementation of our Mission
It's time for implementation of our Mission, as affirmed in our Vision and Mission Statements resulting from the Jeremiah Project. [ more ]
The Jeremiah Project
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. The Jeremiah Project is 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." A renewed Vision and Mission will serve as inspiration and guidepost for our decisions and actions moving forward.
The weekend of June 20 and 21, 2020 was Affirmation Weekend, when we had the great blessing of being able to affirm our Core Values, Vision and Mission Statements as the culmination of the Jeremiah Project. You can click on Online Church or our Facebook page to watch a short video presentation. [ more ]
Contactless Food Drive a Great Success!
The Board of Christian Education sponsored a contactless Food Drive on May 16 to support elderly church neighbors in need and Master's Manna. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our church family--over 1,245 pounds of food was collected and donated! [ more ]
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Pancake Flipping Races
The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, sponsored by our Deacons, was held on Tuesday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. It is always a festive evening, starting with delicious pancakes and sausage. Then the fun really began with the Pancake Flipping races! [ more ]
Chili Cook-off and Barn Dance
On Sunday afternoon, March 8 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Congregational Hall, the Board of Family Life sponsored a Chili Cook-off and Barn Dance, which was a wonderful event, full of laughter, great food and fun dancing. [ more ]
The 2019 Advent and Christmas Seasons Celebrated Joy
The 2019 Advent and Christmas Season at First Congregational Church was filled with joy as we experienced the holidays through the lens of the beloved Christmas carol classic, "Joy to the World" as it turns 300 this year.
There was an abundance of making a "joyful noise to the Lord" with wonderful musical offerings from our experienced choir members to the youngest children. [ more ]
Breaking Bread Together
During this season of thanksgiving and "breaking bread together", we give thanks for all of our blessings and the meaningful ways our church impacts our lives and the lives of others, and we recommit ourselves through the gifts of our time, talent, and treasure. And we celebrate by sharing a meal! [ more ]
Great Fun at our Kids' Halloween Party!
On Sunday, October 27, 2019, the Board of Christian Education sponsored a wonderful and fun-filled Halloween Party for kids 0-10. Congregational Hall was decorated to make it "spooky", and there were snacks, games, music and a costume parade. Kids were encouraged to bring their friends, and to come in costume. [ more ]
Congratulations to our Member in Discernment
An Ecclesiastical Council for our Member in Discernment, Connor Filkins, was held in the sanctuary on Thursday, October 3, 2019. An Ecclesiastical Council is a meeting of the delegates of the New Haven Association of the United Church of Christ to examine members in discerment for fitness for ordained ministry. We are pleased to announce that Connor was approved for ordination, pending call, by the Ecclesiastical Council. [ 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. 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 no matter where you are on life's journey! [ 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 ]
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 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 ]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 ]
First Congregational Church of Wallingford
23 South Main Street
Wallingford, CT 06492
We are a vibrant church that is both steeped in history and on the move. We have been at the corner of Center Street and South Main Street since 1675 and yet, exciting new things are happening here.