We the First United Church of Christ, Congregational, in Milford, Connecticut believe all people are created in God's own image, infinite in diversity, and one in the body of Christ. God bestows full humanity to all people, and all are uniquely and completely loved by God. No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here ... [ more ]
BE THE CHURCH FROM HOME
We believe as Christians that we are called, not just to go to church but to Be The Church. This is as true today as ever. We invite you to join us as we worship God in safety, care for the vuneralble and support each other. We welcome people who are looking for a spiritual home for the first time during the ongoing coronavirus response, as well as those who have worshiped with us many times before. Follow this link to learn [ more ]
Update on the Church's Efforts to Adapt to the Pandemic
May 27, 2020 - Adaptation Vision Team, Report #1- The Adaptation Vision Team (AV Team) has begun meeting to coordinate the church's ongoing response to the pandemic. Moderator Ann Sabo chairs the group that also includes Vice-Moderator Joe Jeffery, Clerk Allison Britting, Deacon Co-Chair Marlene Sanchez, Trustee Representative April Preiss, and Pastors Revs. Ashley Grant and Adam Eckhart. At its first meeting, the AV Team agreed to utilize the four-phase adapting plan used by the United Church of Christ and, in similar forms, by other organizations and governments. ... [ more ]
Condemning Racism in All its Forms
June 4, 2020 - Our church's 381-year history includes both the tragic exploitation of people of color among us and also the faithful resistance of racial injustice. In the last decades, the supposed racial progress in our country has masked the prejudice, discrimination, and the spiritual and bodily suffering that continue to this day. Today is a day to follow Christ's life and command of love ... [ more ]
Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Updated: April 18, 2020
The church buildings are closed from all normal business until further notice in observance of the governor's order and as agreed by Deacons chairs, Moderator, and staff.
There will be no in-person worship until further notice, but Sunday morning 10 AM worship services will be broadcast online [ Learn More ]
Staff can be reached via email or the main voicemail. Nobody is allowed inside the building besides staff and authorized leaders, only when necessary.
In all that we do, leaders are keeping four main priorities in mind:
Safety: In loving God, neighbor, and ourselves, we understand safety to be the highest priority. We will make decisions on activities based on safety and, as far as we can, the orders of the state and federal government.
Worshipping God: Worship is the central action of the church. Therefore, we are holding worship every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM as well as other dates when we would normally have in-person worship. This worship reminds us that God does not prefer worship in one place over another and that the church is not a building but God's people joining in praise and prayer and sharing God's Word and love.
Caring for Vulnerable People: Jesus urges us to see God in "the least of these"--people in gretest need. We remain committed to our core in-person outreaches of helping feed people and loaning medical equipment. We also will be reaching out to our members most vulnerable to COVID-19 and seeing how the congregation can help them.
Supporting Each Other: Even if we are not as susceptible to the most dangerous cases of COVID-19, our daily lives are being comprehensively disrupted. We invite you to remain connected to one another through phone calls and other safe ways, so that together we can find peace and support. We are providing Sunday school resources online that you can access with a code by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We have also set up weekly times for youth to connect online until we can meet again in person (once again, see the "BE THE CHURCH [from home]" button at the top)..
Please let me know if you can help connect within the church community, and please help us support the church's mission in the weeks to come.
God bless and peace,
Funeral Policy during the COVID-19 Pandemic
UPDATED, early june 2020: Click here to read the updated temporary policy concerning funeral, memorial services, and gravesides connected to the church and its pastors. [ more ]
Below is a summary of current events and breaking news at First Church. Click on the "more" links for the full story on any related item.
First Church News & Events
Visit the Newsroom section of our Website for all the latest news and events, including our monthly Parish Post as well as our weekly E-Herald and Worship Bulletin. [ more ]
Faith Formation / Christian Education!
We offer learning opportunities for members and friends of all ages, who seek a deeper understanding of Christian faith. Kelsey DeCarlo, Minister of Faith Formation; chair Kyrah Keating; the Faith Formation Committee; and all the teachers help create inspiring and formational discipleship opportunities ... [ more ]
Join the Music Ministry of First Church
Come join the Music Ministry at the First United Church of Christ, Congregational in Milford and be part of a diverse musical community that includes six dynamic ensembles, a vibrant concert series and many opportunities for you to praise God through music. Our mission is... [ more ]
First United Church of Christ
34 West Main Street
Milford, CT 06460
All are welcome at First Church! As an inclusive community of God's children, we affirm the radical welcome and hospitality of the United Church of Christ; No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!
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