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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 Minister, 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 are relevant and thought-provoking.


No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

Upcoming Events

Support One Great Hour of Sharing

Donations in support of One Great Hour of Sharing’s international mission work will be gratefully received at any time throughout the year.    The theme for the 2024 One Great Hour of Sharing® is Share the Light. The United Church of Christ invites you to participate in this special mission…

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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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News

Pentecost Spirit launches FCC’s 350 FUND

Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2024, marked not only the celebration of the birthday of the church, when the Spirit of the Lord descended in wind and fire upon the followers of Jesus Christ. It also marked the launch of FCC’s…

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New members join our family

Sunday, May 5, 2024 was a special day for FCCBristol. It marked the day when Susan and Glenn Donovan and Sue and Tony Morettini officially joined our family. Both couples have been joyfully serving since Day 1, six months ago,…

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FCC Members go to Disney World, singing with HS Choir

Over this past Spring vacation, several members of our FCC Bristol family flew down to Disney World as part of the Mount Hope High School Chorus presentation. Ellie Donovan, Avery Walsh, Nattie Grant and Kara Pisasole sang in the high…

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Capital Campaign Progress and Next Steps

On Sunday, April 7, 2024, the Chair of the Capital Campaign to raise funding for the preservation of the Sanctuary, Caroline Jacobus, provided the following report and invitation to the congregation: A few Sundays ago, on what Rev. Soukup called…

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Worship Service Videos

Worship Service for Sunday May 19, 2024

Worship service by: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hamlin Soukup; Scripture: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Scripture: Acts 2:1-21; Sermon: “I Will Pour Out My Spirit Upon All Flesh”; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; https://vimeo.com/948137616?share=copy For Closed Captions, click…

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Worship Service for Sunday May 5, 2024

Worship service by: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hamlin Soukup; Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-6; Scripture: John 15:9-17; Sermon: “Encircling Love”; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; https://vimeo.com/947082400?share=copy For Closed Captions, click the icon and select EnglishFor Full Screen video,…

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Worship Service for Sunday April 28, 2024

Worship service by: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hamlin Soukup; Scripture: 1 John 4:7-21; Scripture: John 15:1-8; Sermon: “Bearing the Fruit”; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; https://vimeo.com/940508098?share=copy For Closed Captions, click the icon and select EnglishFor Full…

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Worship Service for Sunday April 21, 2024

Worship service by: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hamlin Soukup; Scripture: 1 John 3:16-24; Scripture: John 10:11-18; Sermon: “Shearing the Sheep”; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; https://vimeo.com/937834487?share=copy For Closed Captions, click the icon and select EnglishFor Full…

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