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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

Railroad House Band

Bristol’s Stone Church Coffee House at the First Congregational Church welcomes popular, Boston-based bluegrass band, Railroad House, on Saturday, May 7th.
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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 …
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One Great Hour of Sharing®

One Great Hour of Sharing® is one of four special mission offerings of the United Church of Christ. This Lenten Offering supports the disaster, refugee, and development ministries of the United Church of Christ within Wider Church Ministries. While OGHS offerings are usually made before Easter, gifts designated toward …
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Tongues of Flame, Children’s Sunday & a Church Picnic

On June 5 FCC Bristol celebrated Pentecost, the “birthday” of the Christian church, the anniversary of the day when tongues of flame came down from Heaven and filled Christ’s disciples with the Holy Spirit. This enabled them to speak …
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We’ll miss you, Bette-Ann

On Sunday, March 27th at the Fellowship Hour following worship, the congregation took the opportunity to celebrate our dear friend, Bette-Ann Kile who has been a member of First Congregational Church for so many decades that no one can keep …
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FCC Celebrates Pastor Hilary’s Installation

Members of FCC Bristol drove out to central Connecticut on Sunday, March 13 to celebrate the Installation of the Rev. Hilary McClellan as the primary pastor of the joint churches Higganum Congregational Church and The First Congregational Church of Haddam, …
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