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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

Further Discussion on “BIG IDEAS for FCC”

Bring a dish to the Potluck Supper and add your 2 cents to the ongoing discussion of our Vision for FCC. All ideas are welcome. Come even if you didn’t attend the first “Ideas” Potluck. You can enter the discussion at any point!

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Lent & Easter Services at First Congregational Church

Welcome to the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Bristol, located at 300 High Street. Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! March 5th Second Sunday in Lent Worship 10:00am; March 12th Third Sunday in Lent Worship 10:00am; March 19th Fourth Sunday on Lent Worship…

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News

Shrove Tuesday Celebrates Pancakes & Sausage!

You know the old story about how Shrove Tuesday came to be — because everyone had to use up their naughty oil and meat before Lent started on Ash Wednesday. Whatever! I just like bacon and sausages and pancakes —…

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Valentine’s Day Senior Luncheon Hosted by Deacons

Thanks to our hardworking Deacons, the Seniors at FCC Bristol again enjoyed their Valentine’s Day Luncheon after a multi-year COVID hiatus. Favored with a bright, sunny day, the occasion brought many hugs and kisses for friends who had not been…

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Brainstorming FCC Bristol’s Future

Is it the energy of Spring beginning to percolate or, perhaps, a response to the long months of COVID “quiet” that is inspiring our Deacons and church members to look to “doing” new things? On Friday, February 10, 2023, more…

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Worship Service Videos

Worship Service for Sunday March 12, 2023

Scripture: John 4:7-15; Scripture: John 4:27-30, 39- 42; Sermon: “Breaking All the Rules”; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; View Video here: https://vimeo.com/807354959 ; Click icon for fullscreen video; Press ESC to exit

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Worship Service for Sunday March 5, 2023

Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4a; Scripture: John 3:1-17; Sermon: “The Heartbeat of Faith”; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; View Video here: https://vimeo.com/805287216 ; Click icon for fullscreen video; Press ESC to exit

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Worship Service for Sunday February 26, 2023

Scripture: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11; Sermon: “Struggling to Choose”; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; View Video here: https://vimeo.com/800294516 ; Click icon for fullscreen video; Press ESC to exit

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Worship Service for Sunday February 19, 2023

Our celebrant today is the Reverend Jack Jones; Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3b; Scripture: Matthew 17:1-9; Sermon: “Get Up And Do Not Be Afraid”; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; View Video here: https://vimeo.com/798139906 ; Click icon for…

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