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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

This is going to be fun!!

Everyone is invited. What could be better than eating macaroni & cheese and playing board games with everyone at FCC Bristol on a winter’s evening? BRING A FRIEND!!!!

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News

We had a bunch of fun!

February 21 was the day of FCC Bristol’s annual Senior Luncheon, hosted by the Deacons Committee. More than 40 senior members and friends of the congregation gathered at noon to catch up, share stories, give thanks and enjoy a delicious…

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Groundhog Band Celebrates 30th Birthday with Joyful Noise

February 4th was FCC Bristol’s 30th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration. Masterfully conducted by our own Maestro, H. Bennett Burnham, 20 musicians led the congregation in praising the Lord with a joyful song. Strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion — accompanied by Director of…

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Bringing the Light to Christmas Eve

This year, the Christmas Eve worship service filled hearts with the light of the coming celebration of the birth of the Messiah. The congregation shared in the singing of the old Christmas carols. The Rev. Dr. Nancy Soukup told the children…

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Cookie Walk Brought Out the Elves

Cookies . . . Cookies . . . Everywhere COOKIES! On Saturday, December 16, Bristol’s Annual Cookie Walk attracted a huge clientele. Church members generously brought their hundreds and hundreds of home-baked cookies to support this fundraiser.  And, sneaking in on the…

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Worship Service Videos

Worship Service for Sunday February 25, 2024

Worship service by Rev. Dr. Nancy Hamlin Soukup; Scripture: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Scripture: Mark 9:2-9; Sermon: When Bad Things Happen Despite the Covenant; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; https://vimeo.com/916530515?share=copy Click CC/Subtitles for Closed CaptionsClick icon…

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Worship Service for Sunday February 18, 2024

Worship service by Rev. Dr. Nancy Hamlin Soukup; Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17; Scripture: Mark 1:9-15; Sermon: The Bow and the Dove; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; View Video here: https://vimeo.com/914265843?share=copy Click CC/Subtitles for Closed CaptionsClick icon…

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Worship Service for Sunday February 11, 2024

Worship service by Rev. Dr. Nancy Hamlin Soukup; Scripture: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; Scripture: Mark 1:29-39; Sermon: He Would Not Permit the Demons to Speak Because They Knew Him; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; View Video…

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Worship Service for Sunday February 4, 2024

Worship service by Rev. Dr. Nancy Hamlin Soukup; Scripture: Psalm 92:1-5,10,12-15; Scripture: Luke 2:41-52 Sermon: (None) A Celebration of Band, Voice, and Hymns; Click here to view the Bulletin in a new window; View Video here: https://vimeo.com/910111342?share=copy Click CC/Subtitles for…

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