THIS SUNDAY, February 23, 2020


Seasons of Change, Embracing the Day!!  We continue to use stories in the Bible that remind us that even when things are difficult and our lives change, we can be strong and courageous. Our friends and special people in our lives can help us.

Our Bible story this month is from the Book of Ruth. We will read about what a good friend Ruth was to her mother in law Naomi. Friendship and community are such a gift! 

Look up MEERKATS and see how they stay safe in community!

Students in grades Pre K through 8th Grade will proceed to Chapel time and Sunday School after the Children's 10:16 Moment.

Nursery care is provided for children every Sunday in the Nursery 3 years old and younger.

@11:20 Labyrinth Planning Meeting in Room 5 in the Moore Education wing

@11:30 am - Adult Forum - Griswold Hall

@ 7:00 pm - Pilgrim Fellowship Meeting




Our monthly spiritual practice activities are creative ways to connect to God, and can help with the hectic day to day stress of schedules and dominance of technology. May these 'practices' bring balance, as you and your family cultivate new ways to engage with God and each other. 

Create a Sacred Space in the Home
“Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends.” ~ St. Alphonsus Liguori
Our family recently made a major move from a little rural Mayberry town to a larger metropolitan area. Once we were somewhat settled, I resolved to set aside a particular part of our new home for prayer, quiet reading, and reflection. It became a wall in our living room that dons icons and framed images, chief among them, Jesus. 

Ben and I found ourselves walking past this little space each day and pausing, however briefly, for a quick blessing and prayer. I started blessing the girls each morning, too, and then in the evening I encouraged​​ 
them to spend a few moments before bed just telling Jesus about their day.
You’ll be amazed at how setting aside a small portion of your home will transform the atmosphere in the house and in your family!






Confirmation for Year 1 
Friday, Feb. 28th to Sunday, March 1st

Silver Lake Retreat

Monday, April 6th - 7 - 8:15 pm

                 Meeting for students and Mentors

Monday, May 11th - 7 - 8:15 pm - Volunteer service due

                 Meeting for students and Mentors

Confirmation for Year 2
Monday, Feb. 24th - 7:00 - 8:15 pm

                 Meeting for students and Mentors

Monday, March 23rd - 7 - 8:15 pm

                 Meeting for students and Mentors

Monday, April 20th - 7 - 8:15 pm

                 Meeting for students and Mentors

Friday May 1, 2020 to Sat. May 2nd

           Nightwatch at St. John the Divine, NYC


Please refer to 
Confirmation page on the church website for all other information. 

If there are any middle schoolers who would like to participate in worship or ushering on the first Sundays of the month, please reply to this email!

PILGRIM FELLOWSHIP (9th-12th grade)
Pilgrim Fellowship is a Youth Outreach Ministry of First Congregational Church of Guilford, and meets most Sunday nights.  Please refer to the 
Pilgrim Fellowship page on the church website for all information.
Feb 22nd - PF Leadership Lock-In
Feb 23rd - 7 pm PF Meeting

Please contact our PF Director, 
Judi Wallace, with any questions.





February 23 - 11:30 am - Labyrinth Planning Meeting in Room 5 in the Moore Education Building

February 26 - 7:00 pm - Ash Wednesday Worship

February 28 - March 1st - Prayers for our 1st year Confirmands on Retreat at Silver Lake!







Winter is here, along with cold temperatures and snow, which has me dreaming of warm summer camp days. Summer registration is chugging along, and summer will be here soon.

But you don't have to wait for summer to come to Silver Lake! February's bulletin insert reminds your families that there's plenty to do at camp before summer, like our Maple Sugaring retreat for youth currently in grades 6-8.

Maple Sugaring, March 20-22, is a low-cost ($115!!), low-commitment (only 2 nights!!) way to try out Silver Lake. 

Camp brochures are available in the Christian Education Office!



Our Cherub Choir is for K-2nd grade. 

Our Junior Choir is for 3rd-8th grade.

Please email our Director of Music Ministries, 
Bill Speed, with any questions



Judi Wallace, Acting Director of Children and Youth Ministries

First Congregational Church of Guilford
122 Broad St.

Guilford, CT 06437