Upcoming Events

Discover some of the wonderful events the First Congregational Church in Bristol holds throughout the community and throughout the year!

Commemorate the Loss of 200,000+ American Lives to Covid-19

FCC Bell Tower

First Congregational Church in Bristol hopes to join the churches of our Southern New England UCC Conference in remembering the 200,000+ Americans who have



m Covid-19. It is planned that the Church bell will toll 20 times at 10 AM over 10 consecutive days beginning this Sunday, September 27.

The ringing of church bells is part of an ancient tradition to mark the passing of a member of the community and is an appropriate witness in this time of unutterable losses.

According to The Church Bells of England, "The ringing of a church bell in the English tradition to announce a death is called a death knell. The pattern of striking in earlier times depended on the person who had died; for example in the counties of Kent and Surrey in England it was customary to ring three times three strokes for a man, and three times two for a woman, with a varying usage for children. The age of the deceased was then rung out. In small settlements this could effectively identify who had just died."**

At FCC Bristol, the ringing of the bells is to express the church's care for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones and fellow citizens. We hope that when members of our community hear the bells they will know that their lost family, friends and neighbors are not forgotten. Our bells are the church's "outside voice". Let them toll signaling the dignity of each life lost and calling the church to prayer on behalf of all those who have suffered because of this terrible pandemic.

Caroline Jacobus

Chair, Council


**H B Walters, The Church Bells of England, published 1912 and republished 1977 by Oxford University Press. pp156-160

Roots and Cures

If the majority knew of the roots of this evil, then the road to its cure would not be long.

----- Albert Einstein


How do we learn, when the subject is so hurtful? How do we open our ears and our hearts to hear the brutal truths of the past . . . and the present? What can we say that will heal and bring about positive change? After 400 years of destructive injustice to African Americans in our nation, the United States stands at a hinge point of history. Will the awakening of so many millions to the inequalities that racism has built into our social structures move our nation toward a more just and humane society? To the redress of past wrongs?


The Series Schedule

The First Congregational Church invites the Bristol community to take part in a 4-week film and discussion series on the experience of African Americans and other minorities in the USA. The series will include the viewing and discussion of the two award-winning documentary films Traces of the Trade and The Color of Fear on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, October 7 @ 7:00PM: Traces of the Trade

  • Wednesday, October 14 @ 7:00PM: The Color of Fear (Part 1)

  • Wednesday, October 21 @ 7:00PM: The Color of Fear (Part 2)

  • Wednesday, October 28 @ 7:00PM: Group Discussion


Traces of the Trade

Registration in advance for the series is required, with two options for participating:

    • Either attend at home via ZOOM (limit 99 attendees), by registering in advance at: this Zoom Registration Form

    • Or attend by going to the church in-person at First Congregational Church’s DeWolf Chapel (limit 44), with masking and social distancing required, according to safety standards for COVID-19. Register for in-person participation by emailing the name and email address of all in person attendees to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    • Participation is on a first come – first serve basis.

    • In case you register after the meeting is full, send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will put you on the wait list.

    • If you registered, but can not attend, please notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., so we can admit folks on the wait list.

Support us

Participation in this 4-week series is free.  However, donations are gratefully accepted on the Church website at the Donation page

Video #1 Traces of the Trade

In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (2008), filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Given the myth that the South is solely responsible for slavery, viewers will be surprised to learn that Browne’s ancestors were Northerners. The film follows Browne and nine fellow family members on a remarkable journey which brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England’s hidden enterprise. They retrace the steps of the Triangle Trade, visiting the DeWolf hometown of Bristol, Rhode Island, slave forts on the coast of Ghana, and the ruins of a family plantation in Cuba. Back home, the family confronts the thorny topic of what to do now.

 Videos #2&3 The Color of FearColor of Fear

The Color of Fear (1994) is an insightful, groundbreaking film about the state of race relations in America as seen through the eyes of eight North American men of African, Asian, European, and Latino descent. In a series of intelligent, emotional and dramatic confrontations, the men reveal the pain and scars that racism has caused them. What emerges is a deeper sense of understanding and trust. This is the dialogue most of us fear, but hope will happen sometime in our lifetime.

Both films challenge us to envision and engage in creating God’s Kingdom on Earth where Peace and Justice reign.

Harvest Moon Bazaar


Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020
Time: 10AM-3PM 

Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Booth, Lobster Rolls, Live Music, Free Pictures with Santa, Bake Sale, Silent Auction

For Information: 401-253-7288 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stone Church Coffeehouse

Bringing the best in Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Celtic and Traditional music to the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts area

Bristol's Stone Church Coffeehouse is a ministry of the First Congregational Church (300 High Street in Bristol, RI).

Seating is limited and early reservations are recommended. Doors open at 6:45pm. All shows start at 7:30pm.

First Congregational Church of Bristol, Rhode Island300 High Street  ♦  Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 253-7288   ♦   office@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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