Open and Affirming

The First Congregational Church of Bristol is proud to be an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

Our Open and Affirming Statement:

The First Congregational Church in Bristol sits as a historic witness in our community. That witness embodies our welcome to those who come in search of God’s presence in their lives.

We are a faith community of diverse people whose common ministry is to rejoice in God’s love, as well as to heal the brokenness with each other and with God. Responding to that call, we welcome all people, including but not limited to persons of every age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital standing, physical and mental ability, economic status and family structure into the life, membership, leadership and ministry of this church.

We affirm each person as a child of God, worthy of God’s love and our love, and covenant to support one another in our joys, sorrows and spiritual growth. With this historic witness, we invite all people over the threshold of Christ’s open door to engage with us in the work of this church in the world.