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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

Order Your Christmas Poinsettias by Dec 14

If you would like to have poinsettias in the Sanctuary this Christmas “in memory of” or “in honor of” a family member or friend, now is the time to order them. Kindly print and fill out the order form, accessed at the link below and send it back to …
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Pre-Order the Best Chili in Bristol

Order now! Choice of Beef or Veggie Chili, plus Cornbread and optional Brownie. For your safety, masks MUST be worn. Plus, Mini-Bazaar: Hand-crafted Clothing, Holiday Arrangements.
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Christmas Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 18 at 10 am to 12 noon. Large Assortment of Homemade Holiday Cookies. $10 lb. Masks MUST Be Worn. All cookies/fudge/etc. will be in small zipped bags for your selection, still sold by the pound. Plus, Mini-Bazaar: homemade items, Holiday Arrangements.
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ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS GIVING Sunday Dec 5

Since 2014, First Congregational Church in Bristol, R.I. has sponsored an annual Alternative Christmas Giving Event each December.  The purpose of this event is to support partners in ministry who serve the community in specific ways that the church is unable to do by itself, and to give church members and …
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News

Children Present Stewardship Skit on Nov 14

What a wonderful gift was given by the children of the Sunday School during last Sunday’s Stewardship worship service. Based upon an original production written by Susan Brosnihan using this year’s UCC Stewardship theme “Rooted in Love,” all of …
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ALL SAINTS DAY WORSHIP

On Sunday, November 7th, First Congregational Church celebrated All Saints Day, through a service of remembrance for eight members of the church who had passed away since January 2019.  Rev. Deborah Breault lit a candle as each name was read,  and …
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Harvest Gathering brings smiles and laughter

After worship last Sunday, October 31, the sun was shining, the children were dancing around the front lawn in their Halloween costumes, and everyone was enjoying the opportunity to visit and catch up, as well as the cider and donuts. …
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Bristol is Brighter for our CHLTB Service Project

On Sunday morning, October 17th, two dozen FCC members, from first graders to seniors (and even one cute puppy dog), put on their orange service vests, said a prayer of thanks, and marched off with plastic garbage bags and gloves …
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Worship Service Videos