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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

Good Night Lights

Join the “Good Night Lights” to shine a light of hope to children in hospital. Every Monday night First Congregational Church “Good Night Lighters” travel to the Squantum Association in East Providence to send a good night signal to children at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Anyone is welcome to join the…

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One Great Hour of Sharing®

One Great Hour of Sharing® is one of four special mission offerings of the United Church of Christ. This Lenten Offering supports the disaster, refugee, and development ministries of the United Church of Christ within Wider Church Ministries. While OGHS offerings are usually made before Easter, gifts designated toward OGHS…

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News

93rd Harvest Moon Bazaar — Best Ever!

Finally, after two years of pandemic-induced social distancing — with Christmas carols lightly ringing over the tables in the DeWolf Chapel — the 93rd Harvest Moon Festival was BACK! On November 19th, from early in the morning until late in…

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With Thanks to our Acolytes

“Jesus said: “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). The presence of the light reminds us of Jesus’ coming into our world and into our lives. The light is carried into the worship service as a symbol of…

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Windows Preservation Moves Forward

November 4 saw workers from the New Outlook Historic Window Preservation and Restoration studio up on ladders scraping, in-filling, and priming the frames of two of our sanctuary windows. Bill Letoile, CEO of New Outlook, also provided a totally preserved…

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Worship Service Videos

Worship Service for Sunday February 5, 2023

Scripture: 1 Corinthian 2: 1-13; Scripture: Matthew 5: 13-20; Sermon: “The Blessing of Justice”; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; View Video here: https://vimeo.com/796414776 ; Click icon for fullscreen video; Press ESC to exit

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Worship Service for Sunday January 29, 2023

Scripture: Micah 6:6-8; Scripture: Matthew 5: 1-10; Sermon: None; A Celebration of Band, Voice & Hymns; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; View Video here: https://vimeo.com/794696055 ; Click icon for fullscreen video; Press ESC to exit

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Worship Service for Sunday January 22, 2023

Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-4; Scripture: Matthew 4:12-23; Sermon: “Learning to Fish”; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; View Video here: https://vimeo.com/791718223 ; Click icon for fullscreen video; Press ESC to exit

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