Upcoming Events

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.


First Church of Christ, Woodbridge Welcomes Orange Community Nursery School

Due to ongoing renovations at the High Plains Community Center in Orange, the Orange Community Nursery School (OCNS) will be operating their pre-school at the First Church of Christ, Woodbridge (FCCW) from September, 2018 through June, 2019.  The temporary school campus at 5 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge comprises three bright classrooms, a fenced playground, and direct access from the rear parking lot.

Founded in 1956, the Orange Community Nursery School is non-profit, partially cooperative, pre-school.  Director, Danielle Hoddinott, and her teaching staff offer 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and 5-year-olds kindergarten readiness programs. The mainstays of the learning environment include block play, art, dramatic play, music, books, table toys, puzzles, STEAM activities and sand/water play.  OCNS is proud to be a food allergy friendly school and maintain a nut-free policy.

OCNS is currently accepting new enrollment in the three-year-old, 4-year-old PM, and 5-year-old classes. Please contact the registrar, Sue Baldino for more information at

The Parishioner

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. 

June 2018 Newsletter

  Does the name Anya Powers ring a bell.  Probably not, but come September she will be our Yale Divinity School intern for the 2018-2019 academic year.  She is excited to be among us and learning more about leadership in a Christian community of faith. 

May 2018 Newsletter

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-5

April 2018 Newsletter

Easter is Big! We pull out all the stops on Easter Sunday. The music, the lessons, the communion, the preaching (God willing), even the congregation is big. It is a big and joyful day. Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen indeed! We are taken up in the truth that nothing, not even death, can thwart the all-inclusive love and mighty power of God made known to us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus our Sovereign and Savior. Nothing!

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