Upcoming Events

Orange Community Nursery School OPEN HOUSE


Sunday, March 3, 2019, 1-3pm
Woodbridge Campus Location
(Snow date Monday, March 4, 2019 6-7:30pm)

Accepting registrations

All NEW this year-two locations of OCNS

Woodbridge Campus
The First Church of Christ
5 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge

Orange Campus
(newly renovated & opening for 2019 school year)
High Plains Community Center
525 Orange Center Road, Orange

Orange Community Nursery School

Homecoming Weekend Schedule

At Woodbridge Town Green

The First Church of Christ & the Parish House


Weekend of Art, Music, Dancing, Singing, and Fun

OCT. 19, 20, 21

5-7:30pm — Gallery exhibition opening of artwork from local artists in Meetinghouse & Parish        House. There will be a reception in Parish House. Artwork will be on display all weekend.
7:30-8:30pm — Elm City Girls Choir concert

3-4:30pm – Art at Upright: lecture-recital by Yale pianist Nenad Ivovic 4:30-5pm – Intermission:    Break for food before next act
5-6pm — Chrissy Gardner on piano and Robert Messore on guitar-music, taking requests from the    audience
Throughout afternoon – Everyone “Draw your Alter Ego” at Parish House
6-7pm – Dinner…there will be food trucks and tables
7-9:30pm — Square Dance with Caller Allan Brozek, Parish Hall

10-11am — Sunday service in historic Meetinghouse surrounded by art on exhibit
11:30am-12:30 — St. Luke’s Steel Drum Band Performance

A Woodbridge Gathering Absolutely Everyone Welcome

Calling All Artists to participate in First Church’s Homecoming & Arts Weekend, October 19-21, 2018.  We’re putting together an arts weekend and looking for our own local  artists in our congregation and community to be a part of it.  Accepted media includes painting, photography, drawing, collage, print, pastel. Help be part of a fun weekend filled with art and music. If interested, please contact Bobbi Griffith, or call at 203-843-8371.


The Parishioner

January 2019 Newsletter

The practice of making New Year’s resolutions, at the very least, dates back to the Babylonian Empire.  At the start of each New Year - and for them the new year started with the first planting in March - they would make promises to return borrowed items and pay their debts.  The Romans began the New Year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. 

December 2018 Newsletter

The setting is strange: a shelter for livestock. The characters are common: an unwed pregnant woman and her fiancé The story is simple: a baby is born The theme is unimaginable: God is with us! May the strange but common, simple yet unimaginable coming of Christ be experienced by you this Advent and Christmas season, and throughout the year.

November 2018 Newsletter

Most folks believe our nation’s founders established the separation of church and state in order to keep religion out of politics. Religion, the rationale goes, is messy, irrational and the source of much instability and warfare. Our government would be better off without it. There are those, however, who believe the debate was not so much about keeping religion out of government, but how to best foster religion so it might be a source of wisdom and guidance for the new nation. Some believed a state sponsored religion, like the Church of England, was the best way to accomplish this; others believed religion free from government influence would be most effective. The latter won out.

October 2018 Newsletter

At the end of a Trustees’ meeting the other evening one of the members observed a recent liveliness in the church.  With the nursery school up and running the parish house is filled with the voices and laughter of children.  Since the Neighborhood Music School began offering lessons in our church the sounds of stringed instruments have become part of the air we breathe in the afternoon. 

September 2018 Newsletter

Anya Powers is a person with whom we will become well acquainted beginning in September. She is our Yale Divinity School Intern for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Anya is in the process of discerning weather or not to become ordained in the United Church of Christ.  Her home church is in Boulder, CO.  Anya’s resume is rich and varied, but a couple of things in particular leap out at me. She is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps, basic training at Quantico, VA, and will be coming to us fresh from U.S. Air Force basic training in Alabama.

July August 2018 Newsletter

It’s vacation time, has been for a while now.  Like many others I’m looking forward to my time away from the regular rhythm of my job.  I have a list of things I want to do when vacation rolls around.  I want to spend more time with my family, read a couple of books - The Thin Light of Freedom by Edward Ayers and some fiction.   I want to get outside more, make good food, swim in the ocean and paint. 

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