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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 ]

UCC Update on Texas Weather Disaster

Read more about the unfolding situation in Texas. [ 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 ]

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 ]


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 ]

Brown Bag Sunday

Nov. 3--Brown Bag Sunday!  Help us stock the Food Closet. Bags with lists of needed items will be handed out at Church on Oct. 27. But you are welcome to start shopping! Thank you for your generosity to those who are food insecure in our town. [ 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 ]

Link to Peace Crane Folding Instructions

Peace Crane Folding Video

Special Guest Preacher: Rev. Evalyn Wakhusama of Kenya

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - Rev. Evalyn Wakhusama will preach at our worship services. Rev. Wakhusama is the founder of the Nambale Magnet School in Kenya, dedicated to helping children who are impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic to get quality education and be future community leaders. Wakhusama is only the second female to be ordained in the Anglican Church in Kenya. She received the Lux et Veritas award from Yale Divinity School in 2011 related to her inspiring work. Revs. Adam and Ashley were classmates of Rev. Wakhusama at Yale Divinity School and are thrilled that the Deacons and Outreach ministries have invited her to preach about how God connects her ministry with ours. Please join us for this special worship service.

Silent Movie Night! (Nosferatu)

Saturday, October 12 - Join us for our second annual Silent Movie Night on October 12th at 7pm! Organist Daniel Brownell will provide live original accompaniment to Nosferatu, the first vampire film of the silver screen. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 5-18. Tickets include popcorn and water. All proceeds go to the continued upkeep and long-term restoration projects for our pipe organs ... [ more ]

Word Search on Faith, Money, and Values

Click here for the word search puzzle from September 29, 2019, on faith, money, and values. [ more ]

New Haven Pride March

Saturday, September 21, 2019 – New Haven Green - 165 Church Street - Registration begins at 1:00pm, March begins at 1:30pm.  The Open and Affirming Ministry invites you to walk with us in the 2019 New Haven Pride March. We will be carrying the First Church Open and Affirming Banner we marched behind at Stonewall 50 World Pride in New York City this past June and we will be joining in the festivities in downtown New Haven after the march!  If you would like to walk with us, or for more information ... [ more ]

Bridges Step Forward Memorial Walk

Sunday, September 15, 2019 – The Open and Affirming and Christian Outreach Ministries will be worshiping with our feet again this year at the Bridges Step Forward Memorial Walk, a commemorative event to honor the tragic end to lives lost to addiction, overdose, suicide or other mental health related issues.  Our team will be commissioned at the 8:00 AM Chapel Service and then proceed to Fowler Field to participate in the commemorative observance, followed by the walk.  Please consider helping us support this important cause!  You can sign-up via Bridges website specifying “First Church” as your team when you register.  To sponsor the team, or for more information ... [ more ]

Crossword Puzzle: Sept. 8, 2019

Crossword Puzzle for worship on Sunday, September 8, 2019 (Luke 10:25-28) [ more ]

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