THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF WEST HAVEN

Welcome

Welcome to The First Congregational Church of West Haven, a member of the United Church of Christ! Our doors are open wide to all those seeking to find a safe, but invigorating place for spiritual life, growth, fellowship and service. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.

 

We hope you will join us some Sunday morning when our worship begins at 10:00 AM. You will find that you are surrounded by people just like you – people filled with hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, strengths and weaknesses. Our common thread is that we are all committed to growing in our faith and letting our faith propel our actions in this world.

 

Whether you are a spiritual seeker who’s just starting to ask questions about God, or a committed believer who wants to sink the roots of your faith even deeper, you can find a home at The First Congregational Church of West Haven.

 

 


UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

UCC Story

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world.  The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).


Church of Firsts

Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, the UCC lives out faith in ways that effect change in our communities.  The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith.  When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so the UCC was the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. The UCC was in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.  The UCC's response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.

Extravagant Welcome

Today, the UCC continues to change lives throughout the world, working alongside more than 200 mission partners. The UCC is dedicated to fight injustice ceaselessly, in the United States and abroad. The UCC instills their vision into youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. The UCC sustains and develops church leaders, pastors, and local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways.  The UCC stands firm in its belief that God is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive.  The UCC is a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.


The UCC is a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.


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