First Congregational Church of Guilford Hosted Annual Shoreline Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, November 18th at 4 p.m.
The Thirteen houses of worship of the Shoreline Interfaith Council gathered for the Annual Thanksgiving Service in the Sanctuary of First Congregational Church of Guilford. This year’s theme was, “Common Ground: Coming Together for Thanksgiving”. Music was provided by the Combined Shoreline Choirs. The service was open to the public and everyone was asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food. A free-will offering was taken with the proceeds going to support local food pantries.
The celebration of Thanksgiving began in 1621, just 22 years before the founding of First Church. Governor William Bradford organized a celebration feast and invited a group of Native Americans to join the members of the fledgling Massachusetts Bay Colony. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted for three days. Because the Pilgrims had no ovens and the sugar supply of the Mayflower had dwindled, the meal did not include cakes and pies or other deserts, now the heart of our traditional celebration.
First Church Guilford is located on the Guilford Green at the corner of Broad and Church Streets.