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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

FCC Bristol participates in Flag Day

Friday, June 14, 2024 marked Bristol’s celebration of Flag Day, focusing on our community’s appreciation of the unity, liberty and justice to which our nation is dedicated. The celebration started at 5:00pm in the auditorium of Our Lady of Mount…

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Our Children are Inspiring!

Children’s Sunday and Teacher Appreciation Day, June 9, was a joyful celebration of FCC Bristol’s children, their many talents, and the Christian Education program that so many members work together to carry out. Guided by Rev. Nancy, Sandy Patterson, Lindsey…

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Many hands make light work

Sunny skies . . . a fresh breeze . . . flowers blooming! What’s not to like? Saturday, June 8 was Spring Clean Up Day at FCC Bristol. Some 11 stalwart landscapers tackled the pruning and weeding that are needed…

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ALL THAT ENERGY IS STARTING TO ROLL

Since Pentecost is celebrated as the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon Christ’s disciples, it was the right day to launch FCC Bristol’s new 350 Fund. The vision for the 350 Fund is that it enables FCC members to…

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Worship Service Videos

Worship Service for Sunday June 16, 2024

Worship service by: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hamlin Soukup; Scripture: Ezekiel 17:22-24; Scripture: Mark 4:26-34; Sermon: “He Spoke to Them as They Were Able to Hear”; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; https://vimeo.com/955515386?share=copy For Closed Captions, click…

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Worship Service for Sunday June 9, 2024

Worship service by: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hamlin Soukup; Scripture: Genesis 1:20-25; Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Scripture: John 1:1-5 Sermon: “We Are Creating and Re-Creating with Each Day”; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; https://vimeo.com/952858796?share=copy For Closed…

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Worship Service for Sunday June 2, 2024

Worship service by: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hamlin Soukup; Scripture: Psalm 139:1-6,13-18; Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; Sermon: “The All-Knowingness of God”; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; https://vimeo.com/950510662?share=copy For Closed Captions, click the icon and select EnglishFor…

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Worship Service for Sunday May 26, 2024

Worship service by: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hamlin Soukup; Scripture: Psalm 29; Scripture: John 3:1-17; Sermon: “Life-Giving, Life-Restoring, Life-Fulfilling God”; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; https://vimeo.com/948036728?share=copy For Closed Captions, click the icon and select EnglishFor Full…

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