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Meet FCC Bristol

Welcome to the First Congregational Church in Bristol!

Serving humanity for almost three and a half centuries, First Congregational Church in Bristol is a vital, progressive community of faith leading people in how to follow the Way of Jesus.

We are Bristol’s first and founding church! We have been here since 1680, formed in the spring of that year just months before the same group of people founded the town of Bristol itself.  One hundred and five years after our founding, our congregation and its sixth senior pastor and teacher, the Reverend Mr. Henry Wight, began what is now known as the Bristol 4th of July Celebration and Patriotic Exercises! That was in 1785!  We are the founders of America’s Oldest Fourth of July Celebration!™ .   In 1862, the Rev. Mr. J.P. Lane, the 12th pastor of our church, compiled and wrote the history of our congregation from 1687-1872.  Wonderful details of our the early years of the congregation are included in this book, which can be seen and downloaded here.

We are now in our third building, a breathtaking Gothic structure built in the 1850s. Our first building was on the Town Common and our second building stood where the Andrews School is now located on Bradford Street. Our current buildings have recently been updated through the historic efforts of our Preserve Our Heritage Campaign and Prepare for Our Future Capital Campaign. Our sanctuary, DeWolf Chapel and Christian Education Building are all handicapped accessible.

Today, our congregation is known for its broad support for our community, and our willingness to speak out regarding social justice issues.


Sunday Services led by Rev. Deborah Tate Breault that are relevant, thought-provoking, meaningful and which have a sense of being modern combined with a living example of the best of our traditions. Please bring your whole selves to Sunday services – prepare to laugh, cry, and be overjoyed with the presence of God. You are welcome here!

A strong Christian Education and Sunday School program for children that is growing by leaps and bounds.  Young families in Bristol have discovered our faith community to be a place that truly nurtures their children and the whole family. Our children’s Sunday School teachers are full of love, creativity and energy.

Music is central to all that we do, and we are blessed by our outstanding Director of Music, Mr. Jamie Wilcutts, and a marvelously talented group of musicians who help bring our services to life every Sunday. We would love it if you would share your talents here!

Our Stone Church Coffeehouse hosts concerts nearly every month showcasing the very best folk and bluegrass music our area has to offer.

We founded the East Bay Food Pantry and Stone Soup Thrift Shop at the Franklin Court Assisted Living Facility building on Wood Street in Bristol.  We gave the East Bay Food Pantry a mission to “Engage, educate and empower the East Bay in creating a hunger-free community.” We are proud to say the East Bay Food Pantry has established itself as a separate 501(c)(3) organization. The positive energy and people of FCC have “given birth” to another vital community resource!

We are proud to be an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ.

If you are visiting for the first time, we hope you will choose to join with us and become a part of what this thriving congregation is doing and envisioning in and for Bristol. Today, over 340 years since our founding, we are faithfully and creatively living out the call of God to reach out and make a difference in the World!

A fascinating account of the History of First Congregational Church of Bristol can be found in ”The Manual of the First Congregational Church in Bristol, R.I. 1687-1872″, now available online here.  One section features the founding of our current house of worship, then called the third house of worship.   Page through and see what a rich history we have!

First Congregational Church of Bristol, Rhode Island

281 High Street  ♦  Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 253-7288   ♦   office@fccbristol.org

For pastoral care: Rev. Deborah Tate Breault
(401) 253-3680  ♦  revdtb@fccbristol.org

The First Congregational Church in Bristol is proud to be an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

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