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Welcome to the First Congregational Church in Bristol

The First Congregational Church in Bristol is a vital, progressive Christian community of faith with long roots in our community.

We promise you our friendship and prayers as we share the hopes and labors of the Church of Jesus the Christ. We pray that God grant that — loving and being loved, serving and being served, forgiving and being forgiven, offering grace and receiving grace — we may dwell together in love, unity and hope.

We are Bristol’s first and founding church. We have been here since 1680, formed by the same leaders who founded the town of Bristol a few months after the church was gathered. In 1785, more than a century after our founding, our congregation and our sixth pastor, the Reverend Mr. Henry Wight, began the Bristol 4th of July Parade and Patriotic Exercises. So we are the Founders of America’s Oldest Fourth of July Celebration.

Today, our congregation is known for its broad support for our community and our willingness to speak out regarding social justice issues. Sunday services, under the leadership of Pastor Deborah Tate Breault, are relevant and thought-provoking.
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

Upcoming Events

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021 from 6:30-7:30pm. Everyone is invited! Come cool down with us on the church lawn with a delicious ice cream sundae! Refreshments are free. It would help us if you would call the church office at 401-253-7288 to let us know how many are coming from …
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FCC Family Movie Night

Everyone is invited for a night of fun — no charge — be our guest! Saturday, August 21st, 2021 at 7:30pm at FCC Bristol. Join us for a movie that is filled with joy, sadness, fear, and even disgust when we watch a well-loved family-favorite here at FCC! We can make …
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Rally Sunday!

Sunday, September 12th, 2021 at 10:00AM. It’s the kick-off event for our FCC Sunday School Year! We can’t wait to see all of our FCC Children and Families back again, especially after such a long time apart. There will be an intergenerational worship service for all to enjoy, where all of …
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Stone Church Coffee House Reopens in person on September 25, 2021

Bringing the best in Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Celtic and Traditional music to the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts area Bristol’s Stone Church Coffeehouse will reopen for in-person concerts in September 2021. We are thrilled to invite back old friends and welcome new friends. ​This will be our 15th season. The Stone …
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News

Keeping Our Sanctuary at the Center of our Lives

So many of us are joyful to return to the sanctuary, able to worship together in person and catch up with the news from dear friends. But returning to the sanctuary has also put straight in front of our eyes …
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Congratulations to our FCC Bristol high school graduates!

June 13, 2021 was “Graduation Sunday” at FCC Bristol. The in-person congregation and live-stream viewers celebrated this milestone in the lives of our five high school graduates: Ella Drawbridge, Zoe Fournier-Swire, Mikey McGowan-Roach, Alyssa Wheeler, and Erica Wheeler. Rev. Deborah invited …
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FINALLY . . . REOPENING . . . YEAH!!

After after 15 months and much work by the Reopening Committee to keep everyone safe, FCC Bristol’s doors opened up on Sunday June 6th and we were able to come back together in person. It was a joy to just …
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All Church Game Event Filled With Fun!

High Street passersby at FCC Bristol on the afternoon of Saturday, June 5th saw children of all ages racing around the front lawn, passing through the obstacle course (including a challenging water barrier!) laid out by Susan Brosnihan, chalking up …
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Worship Service Videos

Worship Service for Sunday July 4, 2021

Sermon Topic: “The Spirit of Freedom”. Scripture: The Psalter Psalm 67. Gospel Lesson: The Epistle Galatians 5:1, 13-18, 22-25. View the Bulletin in a new window here https://vimeo.com/571013013
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