Welcome Visitors!

All are welcome at First Church. We are an inclusive community and as part of the United Church of Christ, we affirm the radical welcome and hospitality of our tradition with the affirmation - No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here.

Below is a list of articles to help you get aquainted with our Church. Please contact us if you have any questions we can help with!

From Pastor Adam

Dear Friends in Faith

On behalf of the leadership and the whole congregation, I welcome you to this website. We hope that you find what you are searching for both here on the internet and in the faith community that gathers on Sunday mornings and throughout the week to engage in tangible Christian ministry.  

If you join us for worship, you will likely find that it is a joyful celebration of each Sunday as a "little Easter." If you investigate our church's history, you will find out that we are among the oldest congregations in the United States, founded in 1639 by Puritans seeking religious freedom and a spiritual community.  If you look at our ministries, you will find ... [ more ]

When and Where We Worship

The central event of church is Sunday morning worship. We have two worship services - a smaller, 45-minute worship service starting at 8:00 AM in the Chapel (18 West Main St.) and the larger, 60-minute service at 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary , with nursery care and Sunday school during worship. The Chapel and Sanctuary stand next to the lower Duck Pond, across the river from each other, opposite Milford City Hall ... [ more ]

Introducing Yourselves and Coffee Hour

If you are new to our worshipping community, introduce yourself to an usher (a person handing out programs) and they can help give you directions, answer questions, or find someone else who can help. After worship we also invite you to introduce yourself to a pastor. After the Meetinghouse service, a coffee hour or fellowship time is hosted by members of the church. This is a wonderful setting to get to know other ... [ more ]

Expectations for Worship

The pastors like to say, as is a long-standing United Church of Christ tradition, that "no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here!" Expect a friendly and lively community of people in worship. Expect worship to be a joyful experience of praise, prayer, and critical reflection on the Good News of the Christian faith through a Bible reading each Sunday. We have no dress code for people simply worshiping on Sunday mornings--some people dress up and others dress more casually ... [ more ]

Worship-Time Ministries for Children

Children of all ages are welcome at any worship service. Nursery care is offered for babies and children under age 3 during the 10:00 AM service. Sunday School Classes are offered at 10:00 AM on Sundays for children age 3 through 7th grade.  During the summer, children are welcome to our Summer Kids' Program ... [ more ]

Is The Church Accessible?

First Church has worked hard to make our historic buildings accessible to the handicapped. Our Meetinghouse/Sanctuary is accessible through the main entrance. Pews at the front of the church have a comfortable area for wheelchairs. Our first floor where the Fellowship Hall, Kitchen, classrooms and nursery are located can be accessed through the riverside entrance ... [ more ]

Worship Space Terms

The simplicity of the Sanctuary, Chapel, and church in general is a result of our iconoclastic Protestant heritage. Iconoclasm is the intense opposition to icons or anything that might vaguely resemble an idol.  When Puritans left England in the early 1600s, it was in part because they gave up on getting the Church of England to be less what they considered Roman Catholic. They worried that the fancy crosses/crucifixes, the statues of saints, and pictures of Jesus, etc., were tempting Christians to worship things rather than God. [ more ]

How Do I Join?

When someone joins the official membership of the church, they promise to commit themselves to be present in worship on a regular basis and to support the spiritual and active mission of the church through time, talent and treasure ... [ more ]

Additional Background

We are both part of a long-standing Protestant tradition and part of a newer and ever renewing expression of Christian faith. The long-standing tradition of our church traces itself back through the Reformation break-off from the Catholic Church 500 years ago and the Puritan tradition that broke off from the Church of England in the 1630s. The people who founded our church traveled to the New World to flee religious persecution ... [ more ]

More Information

First UCC Milford: Mission, Identity
First UCC Milford: Sunday School
First UCC Milford: Musical Ensembles
Milford Mirror Article on Milford Food 2 Kids
The United Church of Christ (U.C.C.) [Twitter]
The Connecticut Conference of the UCC [Twitter]

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