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Milford Tree Walk

Nov. 6 -- Come Discover Milford's Arboretum at Milford Tree Commission's first ever Tree Walk & Talk. Join us on the historic Milford Green at 11AM (meet at the gazebo) for a guided walk. Read more from Kelly Miller, member of the First Church Green Team! [ more ]


Short Story/Essay Reading Group

Wednesdays in October (6, 13, and 20), 7:30-8:30 PM - As part of our Created to Create theme, First Church is offering opportunities to reflect on art (and to make some, too!). [ more ]


Blood Drive

October 19, 2021 8am - 1pm - The American Red Cross URGENTLY needs blood! [ more ]


Fourth Annual Silent Movie- Jekyll and Hyde

Get ready for a spook-tacular weekend of fun as the Music Ministry hosts our Fourth Annual Silent Movie Night. This year, we will show the 1920 epic Jekyll and Hyde featuring John Barrymore, with Dan Brownell providing the ghostly organ accompaniment for our entertainment.  [ more ]


Come be Part of "Our Town!"

October 2 & 3, 2021
First Church has received an exciting opportunity to support arts in our community. The Milford Arts Council is putting on "Our Town" the first weekend of October at Eisenhower Park. Our Music Minister, Daniel Brownell... [ more ]


So What Music Have You Missed?

We have started to sing together again at outdoor worship. Help us plan for what's next!  [ more ]


UCC Update on Texas Weather Disaster

Read more about the unfolding situation in Texas. [ more ]


Online Interfaith Discussion

April 15, 6:30-7:30 PM - First Church and our Open and Affirming Ministry is collaborating with the Turkish Cultural Center in Milford and Peace Islands Institute of CT to hold an online panel discussion on Ramadan and religious practices of the season. [ more ]


Prayer Vigil - I Come To The Garden

March 13, 2021-Gather to mark the year of closure due to the Pandemic. Remember those whom we have lost. Remember ways of life changed. Pray. Light a Candle. [ more ]


Essential Bible Study: Sermon on the Mount

Thursdays (Jan. 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4 and 11): 6-7 PM
Rev. Adam facilitates this study of Jesus' words which have shaped human history... [ more ]


Christmas Organ Concert on Youtube

December 5th, 7pm- Organ Concert on Youtube
~ Get in the Christmas spirit with our marvelous 1962 Holtkamp organ. [ more ]


First Annual Meeting of SNEUCC Conference a Success!

September 28, 2020 - by Marlene Gasdia-Cochrane, SNEUCC conference staff  - The pandemic may have kept members of the Southern New England Conference, UCC, from gathering in person for their first official Annual Meeting, but there was no impediment to the Holy Spirit. The Meeting was conducted virtually via Zoom, which was accessed through a phone, tablet or computer by approximately 600 people ... [ more ]


Executive Conference Minister Elected with Overwhelming Approval

September 28, 2020 - by Marlene Gasdia-Cochrane, SNEUCC conference staff  - The Rev. Darrell Goodwin - an LGBT African-American UCC pastor with experience in a variety of church settings - was elected as the new Southern New England Conference's first Executive Conference Minister by an overwhelming margin at Annual Meeting on September 26. [ more ]


Third Annual Silent Movie

October 24th, 2020 at 7:00pm - Join us for our Third Annual Silent Movie Night, as organist Daniel Brownell will lend his ghoulish organ talents to the Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Lon Chaney. [ more ]


Cornerstone Project Fall Festival!

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 6:30 PM - First Church's Open and Affirming Ministry invites you to help support the Nambale Magnet School in Kenya. This year's Festival is online and features performances by renowned recording artists Ari Hest and Bobby Jo Valentine!  Get the latest news about Cornerstone Project and the Nambale Magnet School, as presented by Martine Nolletti and special guest Rev. Evalyn Wakhusama! ... [ more ]


Milford Pride Events

September 22, 23 & 25 - First Church's Open and Affirming Team and Rev. Adam invite you to check out the events and resources that MIlford Pride is offering on September 22, 23 and 25 ... [ more ]


Retirement Party for the Rev. Dr. John Sandel

Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 3:00 PM - Back Plymouth Lawn; 18 West Main St., Milford, CT.

After founding the Milford Pastoral Counseling Center (MPCC) and practicing psychotherapy there for almost four decades, John Sandel is retiring at the end of September 2020. The MPCC Board invites people to a social-distance get-together to honor Sandel's career. [ more ]


Bridges Step Forward Memorial Walk

September 13-20, 2020 - Please Support Us! - Once again this year, the Open and Affirming Ministry together with the Christian Outreach Ministry are participating in Bridges Step Forward Memorial Walk!  Due to COVID-19, this year the event is virtual.  Individual teams will walk together in a safe and socially-distanced manner.  Bridges needs our support more than ever this year as they help Milford and the surrounding communities deal with the mental health challenges due to the virus.  If you can afford to make a donation to support the team's fundraising efforts, please read this article ... [ more ]


Sunday School Orientation

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 7:00PM - Want to know what Sunday School will be like this fall?  Be a kid for 30 minutes and experience what Sunday School over Zoom is all about!  We'll have time for questions and to share ideas for how to make our online Sunday School an awesome experience this fall ... [ more ]


Bibles and Brews

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 6:30-7:30PM - This Tuesday is our next Bible and Brews meeting, and we'll be on the back Plymouth Lawn!  Anyone who is interested in attending must [ RSVP here ] to help us know how many to expect as well as assist in contact tracing should it be needed ... [ more ]


New Columns on Our Meeting House

Four new mahogany columns, built to last another century or more!  Thanks to the Trustees and our church Sexton for supervising this on-time (a week early!) and on-budget project. These new columns were built from mahogany instead of white pine, and may last 150 years or more! Our contractors were excellent to work with. They will be coming back in a few weeks, at no charge, to inspect and fill in any wood gaps from heat expansion. [ more ]


Virtual Music Project

One of the things that we miss most about not having in-person worship is the opportunity to make music together.  Thus, Music Minister Dan Brownell has created an exciting opportunity for everyone to make music together, virtually...

UPDATE:  The project is complete!  Check it out on the church Facebook and later on Youtube, as well as following the youtube Link.  Thanks to all the participants [ more ]


Vigil of Light

June 25, 2020 -- 8 PM We will speak the names of recent victims of racial injustice, violence and fear. We will give voice to our commitment of support to our siblings of color, hope that we may all be one and love. June 14-24 send in your messages/images of support and hope. [ more ]


Pride Week "Open Doors" Worship Service

Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 7:00pm - Join us online for a moving ecumenical worship service to kick-off Pride Week in Milford, held jointly by First Church, Mary Taylor Memorial UMC, Woodmont UCC and Milford Pride.  A free-will offering with be donated to Black Trans Circles, a program of the Transgender Law Center. The service will premiere on Milford Pride's YouTube Channel and will feature a special performance by singer/songwriter, Bobby Jo Valentine.  All are welcome! [ 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 ]


Racial Justice Sermon from June 7, 2020

Here is the print version of Rev. Adam's June 7th, 2020, and some backgrounf information related to... [ more ]


Pastors Pray for Racial Justice Next to Local Clergy and Police Leaders

June 4, 2020--Members of the Milford Clergy Association led a noontime prayer service on the Milford Green to remember the life of George Floyd. Several pastors led prayers and our church's pastors, Revs. Ashley Grant and Adam... [ more ]


Rev. Adam Participates in Online Interfaith COVID-19 Memorial

On Thursday, June 4th, state Senator James Maroney hosted an online memorial for people grieving the death of loved ones to COVID-19, and First Church's Rev. Adam participated... [ more ]


Prep for Holy Week at Home

April 1, 2020--Palms and materials for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, available for pick up. [ more ]


Souper Bowl of Caring

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 - You are in for a treat! Pre-Order your chili or soup now. Your support will help us support Beth El Shelter Meals.  Thank you! Sponsored by SrPF & Confirmation 2 [ more ]


CAN & BOTTLE DRIVE

Saturday, February 8--9:30 AM-11:30 AM  Drop off Redeemable Cans & Bottles in the church parking lot at 46 West Main Street. Thank you for your support of Senior Pilgrim Fellowship. [ more ]


Penny Lane Benefit Concert-New Year's Eve

December 31, 2019--We Rocked in the New Year for a great cause with Penny Lane, the southern Ct based Beatles tribute band. The concert benefited the church's Emma Davis Equipment Ministry.  [ more ]


Parish Post--October and November 2019

Read about upcoming ministries, events & programs in the life of the church. [ more ]


SrPF Alum Reunion

On Sunday, Dec. 22---We gathered for the Senior Pilgrim Fellowship Reunion!  Folks who participated in the 1950's up through current SrPFers. What an impact SrPF has made over the years!  [ more ]


Annual Craft Fair

Sat. Nov. 16 & Sun. Nov. 17--Visit the fair at 34 West Main Street Fellowship Hall. Crafts, Gifts, Baked Goods! Tell your friends. [ more ]


Outreach Cookie Sale--Dec 7!

Saturday, Dec. 7--Keeping Milford Warm Cookie Sale! Thank you to all who helped by baking cookies, and to those who purchased cookies! Together we helped raise over a $1000 for Keeping Milford Warm.   


Senior Pilgrim Fellowship Schedule Fall 2019

We have an event-filled Fall! Mark your calendars! [ more ]


Hoodies for Local Teens & Kids

THANK YOU! -- If you would like to continue to provide a warm layer, bring hats, socks & gloves to fill the Giving Trees in Fellowship Hall and the Narthex when the ornaments have been taken. [ more ]


Five Churches Hold Benefit Concert for Milford Pride

Friday, October 25, 2019 - MILFORD - Under a rainbow of floating peace cranes, five local churches came together in ecumenical partnership, to hold a heart-opening benefit concert for local LGBTQ+ advocacy group, Milford Pride. The concert, hosted by First Church's Open and Affirming (ONA) Ministry, starred award winning singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine and raised over $1000 for the grass-roots organization ... [ more ]


Saints Dinner

October 27, 2019--Join us for a pasta dinner to celebrate the saints among us! Sign up and invite someone who has impacted your faith. This dinner is sponsored by our Youth Ministries. [ more ]


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