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Welcome to First Church! 

Welcome! First Church Guilford is a vibrant, multigenerational Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ which welcomes you to join us in the journey of life and faith. "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here with us at First Church Guilford: Putting Faith Into Action Since 1643!"

We are currently adhering to local and state Social Distancing restrictions for the use of our campus on the north side of the Guilford Town Green. 

Every Sunday, we limit the in-person capacity to 70 people and have an online sign-up under "Get Connected" on our home page. You may also call our office or email us at  to submit an RSVP. For those who cannot or would rather not attend in person, we will continue emailing the sermon video to everyone. It is also posted at the top and bottom of our website every Sunday morning. 

Founded as the seventh church in the State of Connecticut in 1643, First Church has been an active, involved, and compassionate presence engaged in our community and world since our founding. Today we are dedicated to sharing the love of Jesus Christ by working for social and environmental justice in Civil Rights, Climate Change, immigration, and advocacy for the LGBTQ community. 

Once the current situation normalizes, we look forward to welcoming you to worship in our historic church building (meetinghouse) located at the top of the Guilford Town Green at either 8:30 or 10 am September through June and 9 am in July and August. Our worship style is creative, fun, with elements of tradition.

Worship at First Church is an invitation to gather together and share in music, community prayer, meaningful ritual, and engaging preaching relevant for living today! 

Nursery care is available every Sunday and Sunday School for children and youth is available for Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade during the 10 am service September through June. Special Forums by the Adult Education committee and other events are often scheduled at 11:30 am following the 10 am service and coffee hour. 

Frequently-Asked Questions

Q: What should I wear?
A: While some of our members enjoy getting dressed up for church as part of their tradition, you are welcome in worship however you normally dress on a Sunday. 

Q. May I take communion?
A: Yes, all are welcome at God's table of extravagant welcome. 
Communion/The Lord’s Supper/The Eucharist is shared monthly on the first Sunday of every month.

Q: Are the ministers approachable?
A: Our clergy love meeting new visitors and getting to know you, so if you are visiting do say hello! 

Q: Is the church accessible? 
A: Yes, the church is accessible through a ramp entrance on the Memorial Garden on Broad Street and the parking lot on Church Street. We also have a new auditory assist system available for anyone to use. Our ushers and greeters are here to help! 

Q: Where can I park?

A: We have a parking lot accessible behind the church off of Church Street across from Java Hut. There is also ample parking on a Sunday morning around the Guilford Green Historic District.  

Q: What should I know about First Church before coming to worship?
​A: You should know that this is a place where we say, "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here," and we mean it! 

Q: What about my kids?
First Church has a full program for kids from infants through high school. We also have several annual mission trip and volunteering opportunities!

Q: What if I have a question about God, church, etc?
Our congregation is a place for questions, and our ministers, Ginger and Jake, are here to help. They have many questions of their own! 

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