Congregational Life


Our objective is to provide opportunities to nurture church fellowship and strengthen community, increase and nurture member involvement and increase welcoming and gathering times.

Some of our yearly activities include Rally Sunday, Blessing of the Animals, Advent Workshop, Chili Cook-Off, Lenten dinners and programs, Children’s Sunday ice-cream social and a Carillon Concert picnic in July.  We also provide a “Community Garden” at the church for those wishing to provide themselves with some fresh vegetables during the summer.


There will be a 2nd Hour Breakfast Concert on Sunday, January 20th, in the Sanctuary.   More information will follow.



First Church Chili Cook-Off!

Friday, February 1, 2019, 6:00 pm

Tickets are $5.00 each, Children under 6 are free

Price includes a sampling of the best Chili in town as well as a meal of Chili, Salad, bread and dessert.

Each ticket will be entered into a drawing for a prize!

Prizes will be awarded for:

First Church Best * Mom’s Best * Best Spiciest * Best Vegetarian

Sign-up sheets and tickets are available at Coffee Hour

 Please bring a “finger” dessert to share!


Please save the date . . . our Annual Meeting and lunch will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019, following Worship.  Annual Reports will be available two weeks before, on Sunday, January 13th, 2019.

Judy Robertson, Council Secretary


Last month, the Book Club had the pleasure of welcoming Deborah Ravenwood, author of the book, Silence. Deborah is the cousin of First Church member, Jessica Soboluesky.

Deborah gave us some background as to why she wanted to write this book and then read and discussed a few chapters with us. The book takes place in New Britain during the 50’s and 60’s, so for anyone who grew up in New Britain or has been a long-time resident, it will also be a trip down memory lane.

The next book selection and meeting date will be announced soon.


Winter is here and the shelves are stocked; stop by for a book to cozy up with.  They don’t need to be signed out, so please enjoy one.  Thank you to all who continue to bring books in to share!  If you have books you’d like to contribute, please leave them in the copy room in the church office and only donate books that you don’t want back.  Thank you!  Kristine


Would you like to be an Usher and/or Reader? Please sign up!  Ushers and readers are needed for January.  The training for ushering is easy and can be done before the service. Please pick a date or a whole month to help. We’d love to have you join us!


Yes, First Church is now on Facebook!  We will be posting updates, reminders and photos of events as a way to reach out.  Please check out our page, “check in” to church, “like” us and share with family and friends.


A Coffee and Social Hour is held on Sunday mornings, immediately following worship, in the Fireside room.   Please join us!  The Hospitality Crew invites you to bring something to the weekly Coffee Hour. Sharing your food and stories with others is a wonderful part Fellowship. Make it, bake it or purchase it, just bring it to church and “The Crew” will do the rest.