Star Island UCC Youth & Family Conferences July 30 th -August 6 th , 2023

UCC Bristol youth learned about an exciting summer opportunity during our March 12th Children’s Sermon. Star Island offers the best in seaside fun for children of all ages, attending on their own or with family. Star Island, off the New Hampshire coast, is home to a retreat center with a faithful community of summer attendees. All are invited to join in at the beautiful and emotionally accepting, beloved Star Island community for fun, relaxation, bonfires, lime rickeys, games, softball, swimming, and making life-long friends! Jen Johnson, who has attended for many years with her children, will gladly answer questions.

The Star Gathering YOUTH Conference is for youth entering 9th grade through newly graduated high school seniors. It focuses on relationship-building, renewal, and spiritual growth for up to twenty vacationing high school students. Its culture centers on faith-building and exploration, rather than traditional bible camp studies, and emphasizes having fun.

This year’s theme is Love – How do we show our love language to others? How do we receive love from others? How do we express our love if we disagree? Regarding relationships with ourselves, our peers, siblings, parents, to God, and to the world at large.

Fees for the Youth Conference are $774 for room and board plus $150 conference fee. For financial aid information, please email (Conferees typically bring extra money for the snack bar and gift shop.) Further details and online registration can be found here,

The Star Island FAMILY Conference program will focus on celebrating and nurturing the vision of Beloved Community. Through art, music, conversation, reflection, and fun we will create a more inclusive and intentional community, to help spread more empathy and understanding in the world. During chapel, we will explore various stories in the gospels where Jesus encounters people in ways that were unexpected or where the script gets flipped. The Theme Speaker will be Rev. JaQuan Beacham from Yale Divinity School and the Minister of the Week will be Rev. Anna Flowers from United Church in Walpole, MA.

Relax and build community in program while the children have their own chapel and program in the morning, and then rejoin them for some intergenerational activities or island exploration in the afternoon. Don’t miss the Rutledge Marine Lab or the Talent Show! Fees for adults start at $1169 for room and board plus $150 conference fee. For financial aid information, please email (Conferees typically bring extra money for the snack bar and gift shop.) Further details and online registration can be found here,

Lent & Easter Services at First Congregational Church

Welcome to the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Bristol, located at 300 High Street. Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

March 5th Second Sunday in Lent
Worship 10:00am;

March 12th Third Sunday in Lent
Worship 10:00am;

March 19th Fourth Sunday on Lent
Worship 10:00am,
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

March 26th Fifth Sunday in Lent
Worship 10:00am;

April 2nd Palm Sunday Celebration
Worship 10:00am;

 April 6th Maundy Thursday
  Worship 7:00pm;

 April 7th Good Friday
Labyrinth Walk,
noon-3pm and 5pm – 7pm;

April 9th EASTER
 Sunrise Worship at Colt State Park 6:15am
and Intergenerational Easter Worship 10:00am.

Officiating all worship will be Rev. Deborah Tate Breault

We are an open and affirming congregation and believe that God is still speaking.

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 Good Night Lights group. Participants may travel independently to rendezvous at the Squantum Association, or contact Steve Brosnihan (401-253-5909) or Dyan Vaughan to make carpool arrangements. Those interested in getting on the email roster for GNL should contact Steve at:

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 OGHS ministries that help heal the world can be made at any time. We urge you to consider making an offering to address these global needs by going HERE.