A SAFE PLACE TO EXPLORE YOUR FAITH

WELCOME

No matter who you are, no matter where you are on your life journey. You are welcome in this United Church of Christ. As Jesus accepted all people regardless of their differences, we accept all who choose to join us. Each one of us is unique in the eyes of God. We are an Open, Welcoming, and Affirming congregation.

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what
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The First Church of Christ is very old and very young by its nature.
Who we are

“Meetinghouse Rock” marks the site of our first meetinghouse. We have been in Woodbridge since 1738 — the town was even named after one of our first pastors. Our congregation and the town have grown up together, and our meetinghouse is a part of the Woodbridge landscape. (It is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.)

Churches are living creatures, and ours is as young as our current world. We are a community of people, learning in faith, and growing in God’s love. We do many different things in life. Our common thread is the church that supports us in our moments of grief, challenges us in our times of growth, and celebrates with us in our milestones and achievements. We are covenantal members of the New Haven Association of the Connecticut Conference and of the United Church of Christ.
We are direct spiritual descendants of the Pilgrims that landed at Plymouth Rock.
What we believe

Our First Church of Christ in Woodbridge is a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a denomination that now can be found from coast to coast. Our origins are in New England. We are direct spiritual descendants of the Pilgrims that landed at Plymouth Rock. As refugees from the persecution they were experiencing in England, they immigrated to the New World to find freedom of religion. They had wished each parish to be separate, to be allowed to call its own pastor and to be able to worship in the form that each congregation chose. As a result, they were referred to as "Congregationalists" or, disparagingly, as "Separatists."

Originally, Calvinists were very strict in its beliefs; the United Church of Christ today is considered a mainline Protestant denomination, and one of the more liberal ones at that. We are truly Christians, believing in Jesus Christ as the Head of the Church. We observe the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. We also observe the rites of confirmation, marriage, ordination, and the confession of sins. We are Trinitarians and consider the Bible to be the basis for our doctrine.

Since our parishioners have come to us from many denominations and from many places on their individual faith journeys, there are apt to be lively discussions on our individual differences and agreements. No one is required to “toe the line.” Each person, through prayer and study, is expected to grow in the Christian faith. Where you are today is less important than where you will be tomorrow.
Here’s why you should consider visiting with us:
Why visit us

We are different in some important ways from other churches you may know.

  • Some churches are creedal: you are required to subscribe to a statement of beliefs before you can be in fellowship with the church.

    We are a covenantal church. Our agreement is to support one another as we grow in faith, with the Scriptures as our guide and the Holy Spirit as our inspiration.

  • Some churches are selective about who may join. Or they may make it hard for some people to join in good conscience through statements such as, “Hate the sin, love the sinner.”

    No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome in our church.

  • Some people have the notion that church is for the already-perfect; since none of us is perfect, then people in churches must be hypocrites.

    We don't claim to be perfect! Each of us is on a journey in faith, and none of us is in a position to judge others.

So, why journey with us? What we strive to do for you may be our most powerful response. We pledge to:

  • Hold you in prayer before God,
  • Be jealous of your good name,
  • Stand by you in time of trouble,
  • Protect your freedom of faith,
  • Encourage your commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Where to find us

Our main worship service takes place at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday. We offer the sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of the month during the worship service. We offer the sacrament of Baptism by arrangement, during the worship service.

Children are welcome in our church life! We offer Sunday School classes from September to June, and a full nursery is provided for infants. Parents are also welcome to bring their youngest ones to worship if you prefer. Youth fellowships offer camaraderie and challenge for youth ages 12 to 17.

Directions

The First Church of Christ is at 5 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge, CT 06525. We are on the north side of the Green in Woodbridge. Parking is available on Meetinghouse Lane, in our circle, and behind our Parish House.

Our Sanctuary is wheelchair-accessible via a ramp that enters directly into the Vestibule.

Music for worship is provided by our organist, our Choir, Handbell Choir and many guest musicians.

Need time to meditate? Consider walking our Prayer Labyrinth or sitting in the Choir Garden.
who
The First Church of Christ is very old and very young by its nature.
Who we are

“Meetinghouse Rock” marks the site of our first meetinghouse. We have been in Woodbridge since 1738 — the town was even named after one of our first pastors. Our congregation and the town have grown up together, and our meetinghouse is a part of the Woodbridge landscape. (It is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.)

Churches are living creatures, and ours is as young as our current world. We are a community of people, learning in faith, and growing in God’s love. We do many different things in life. Our common thread is the church that supports us in our moments of grief, challenges us in our times of growth, and celebrates with us in our milestones and achievements. We are covenantal members of the New Haven Association of the Connecticut Conference and of the United Church of Christ.
what
We are direct spiritual descendants of the Pilgrims that landed at Plymouth Rock.
What we believe

Our First Church of Christ in Woodbridge is a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a denomination that now can be found from coast to coast. Our origins are in New England. We are direct spiritual descendants of the Pilgrims that landed at Plymouth Rock. As refugees from the persecution they were experiencing in England, they immigrated to the New World to find freedom of religion. They had wished each parish to be separate, to be allowed to call its own pastor and to be able to worship in the form that each congregation chose. As a result, they were referred to as "Congregationalists" or, disparagingly, as "Separatists."

Originally, Calvinists were very strict in its beliefs; the United Church of Christ today is considered a mainline Protestant denomination, and one of the more liberal ones at that. We are truly Christians, believing in Jesus Christ as the Head of the Church. We observe the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. We also observe the rites of confirmation, marriage, ordination, and the confession of sins. We are Trinitarians and consider the Bible to be the basis for our doctrine.

Since our parishioners have come to us from many denominations and from many places on their individual faith journeys, there are apt to be lively discussions on our individual differences and agreements. No one is required to “toe the line.” Each person, through prayer and study, is expected to grow in the Christian faith. Where you are today is less important than where you will be tomorrow.
why
Here’s why you should consider visiting with us:
Why visit us

We are different in some important ways from other churches you may know.

  • Some churches are creedal: you are required to subscribe to a statement of beliefs before you can be in fellowship with the church.

    We are a covenantal church. Our agreement is to support one another as we grow in faith, with the Scriptures as our guide and the Holy Spirit as our inspiration.

  • Some churches are selective about who may join. Or they may make it hard for some people to join in good conscience through statements such as, “Hate the sin, love the sinner.”

    No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome in our church.

  • Some people have the notion that church is for the already-perfect; since none of us is perfect, then people in churches must be hypocrites.

    We don't claim to be perfect! Each of us is on a journey in faith, and none of us is in a position to judge others.

So, why journey with us? What we strive to do for you may be our most powerful response. We pledge to:

  • Hold you in prayer before God,
  • Be jealous of your good name,
  • Stand by you in time of trouble,
  • Protect your freedom of faith,
  • Encourage your commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
where
Where to find us

Our main worship service takes place at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday. We offer the sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of the month during the worship service. We offer the sacrament of Baptism by arrangement, during the worship service.

Children are welcome in our church life! We offer Sunday School classes from September to June, and a full nursery is provided for infants. Parents are also welcome to bring their youngest ones to worship if you prefer. Youth fellowships offer camaraderie and challenge for youth ages 12 to 17.

Directions

The First Church of Christ is at 5 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge, CT 06525. We are at the north side of the Green in Woodbridge. Parking is available on Meetinghouse Lane, in our circle, and behind our Parish House.

Our Sanctuary is wheelchair-accessible via a ramp that enters directly into the Vestibule.

Music for worship is provided by our organist, our Choir, Handbell Choir and many guest musicians.

Need time to meditate? Consider walking our Prayer Labyrinth or sitting in the Choir Garden.

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