What we're about

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!

First Church Middletown, UCC, is the founding church of Middletown, CT. While we've been around for over 350 years, we are ever-evolving, always looking to do church differently. We are a congregation of seekers, doubters, and believers. Our worship seeks to engage both mind and spirit; questions are encouraged.

Our weekly service begins at 10 am on Sunday morning. We have Sunday school during service for children in kindergarten through 5th grade, and worship is followed by coffee and Second Hour (the topic changes every week). Our youth groups meet Sunday evening at 5:30 pm (includes dinner). Both street parking and the parking lot behind the church are free on Sunday.

We have made a commitment to the radically inclusive message of Christ and try to live into it the best we can. For example:

• For over 25 years, we have been an open and affirming congregation, embracing people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

• We recently renovated our sanctuary to improve access for those who use mobility aids and updated our sound system to help all hear the service better! Large print bulletins are available at every service.

• At our 350th celebration on November 4, 2018, we included a Truth and Reconciliation historical statement in which we recognized and repented the ways that our church has created and benefited from the wounds of oppression, specifically naming the forcible removal of indigenous people and the financial and physical gains the church received from the labor of enslaved people. We have committed to growing our racial justice ministry.

Our Vision: "We walk together in the path of Jesus to create more good in the world by experiencing and embodying God's love, nourishing the divine spark in all people, and offering a spiritual home within and beyond our walls."

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Worship and Coffee

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Please join us for worship and fellowship hour every Sunday morning! Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month. Everyone is invited to partake: congregationalist or not, baptized or not, believer or not--you are welcome at Christ's table.

Bisexual+ Discussion Group

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A Bisexual+ Discussion Group is held every fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at First Church. All are welcome who identify as bisexual, pansexual, queer, fluid, or anyone who is not in the LGBTQ community and wishes to learn more. This is for people ages 18 and up and is led by our Minister of Music, Shari Lucas, who is openly bisexual. So often bisexuality is misunderstood and not discussed, even within the LGBTQ community. All discussions remain confidential.

Worship and Coffee

First Church United Church of Christ

Please join us for worship and fellowship hour every Sunday morning! Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month. Everyone is invited to partake: congregationalist or not, baptized or not, believer or not--you are welcome at Christ's table.

Worship and Coffee

First Church United Church of Christ

Please join us for worship and fellowship hour every Sunday morning! Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month. Everyone is invited to partake: congregationalist or not, baptized or not, believer or not--you are welcome at Christ's table.

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Worship and Coffee

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