Welcome to the First United Church of Christ

An Open and Affirming Congregation

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 ]


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

January 2021 -  The Adaptation Vision Team continues to bring together church leaders to steer ongoing big-picture responses to the pandemic... [ more ]

Ministry Update

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.

2021 Stewardship Campaign

For  Stewardship Campaign Letter and links to commitment cards, click [More]. For digital commitment, click here

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 ]

Lenten Opportunities

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 17, 2021. Here's a quick view of the enriching programs and events come up. [ 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 ]

Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: December 2020

The church buildings have been closed from most normal business since mid-March, with the exception of the Food Closet, staff, and church leaders entering for essential business. We planned on making the West Wing and Fellowship Hall available for small groups, but the spike that began in November has made that impossible for now.

We have online 10 AM worship services broadcast online [ Learn More ] and are having some indoor worship during Advent and again starting on January 10th.

Staff can be reached via email or the main voicemail (203.877.4277).
  milfordfirstucc@yahoo.com              Office Administrator, Nicole Moore
  revadam@firstchurchofmilford.org   Senior Pastor, Rev. Adam Eckhart   
  revashley@firstchurchofmilford.org  Associate Pastor, Rev. Ashley Grant
  faithformationminister@firstchurchofmilford.org   Kelsey DeCarlo
  musicminister@firstchurchofmilford.org  Dan Brownell 

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 online and offering outdoor options occasionally until that day when we feel confident we can worship indoors again, with safety precautions.
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. See the "BE THE CHURCH FROM HOME" button at the top for more information on how to support each other..

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,
Rev. Adam

Funeral Policy during the COVID-19 Pandemic

UPDATED, September 2020: Click here to read the updated temporary policy concerning funeral, memorial services, and gravesides connected to the church and its pastors. [ more ]

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