WELCOME! We hope this website will give you a flavor of the First Church of Christ Congregational UCC: a caring, dynamic, inclusive community of faith in the heart of Bethany.
We worship in a historic, white-clapboard meeting house in the center of town – the kind of classic “New England-y” church that makes passersby want to stop and snap a picture or two. We love our old meeting house with its broad floorboards and its long history, but it’s what happens inside these wooden walls that makes our church really special.
Every Sunday morning we gather for worship at 9:30 am. If you come a little early, you can hear the choir warm up; and you’ll want to be sure to stay afterwards, too, for a coffee hour that abounds in good food and conversation. We have a growing church school, a lively youth group, and a variety of educational offerings for adults as well. Our dress code is come as you are!
Guided by Jesus’ “Great Commandment” – to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves – we try to reach out to others in a variety of ways. We collect food for the hungry every Sunday, as well as warm coats and Christmas gifts in the wintertime; we send our high school youth group on an annual mission trip; and we support a number of local and global mission efforts through our denomination, the United Church of Christ.
In keeping with our Congregational heritage, our members are bound together not by creed (we respect and enjoy a variety of theological perspectives) but by our mutual covenant to walk together in God’s ways, as they become known to us.
Thanks so much for stopping by our website. We hope you’ll stop by in person sometime as well! We’re right along Route 63, on the west side of the road at the blinking traffic light.
Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, you are WELCOME here!