First Church December and January Events

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The following events are happening in December and January at First Church of Christ, An Open and Affirming Church of the United Church of Christ. Worship is held every Sunday at 10 a.m. All are welcome!

First Church is currently under renovations. Access and location of events are subject to change. Please call 860-668-7223 and leave a voicemail with any questions, concerns, or to RSVP for an event.

Our Christmas Tea will be held on Wednesday, December 11, noon in the Ebenezer Gay Room.

EachWednesday morning at 10 a.m. our Bible Study is held at Suffield Commons. We will be discussing theBook of Genesis this season. Please park at Second Baptist. We will not meet December 25 and January 1.

Sunday, December 8 is our Advent Breakfast and Carol Sing starting at 8:30 am. We will be joining our friends at 2nd Baptist Church for our Advent Breakfast, in their Fellowship Hall as a thank you for all the help they have given us during our construction phases. Contact the church office for more information.

Sunday, December 8 we will also be participating in a carol sing at First Baptist Church on the Hill. At 4 p.m. All are welcome – be sure to bundle up to stay warm!

Thursday, December 12 is our Annual Make-it, Bake-it Auction at 7 p.m. in the Gay Room. All are welcome to join us for fun, fellowship and an auction of a variety of great items. All proceeds will benefit Suffield Community Aid Fuel Bank.

Our Blue Christmas Service is December 19 at 7 p.m. First Church, Heritage Funeral Home, Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home, and Masonic Hospice will host a Blue Christmas service with pastors from the Suffield Community. The ecumenical service will include many of the aspects of a regular Christmas service, but will have a quieter tone. The service will end with a traditional singing of “Silent Night”. Each family will receive a candle in remembrance of their loved one. The service will include a time of remembrance for those we have lost over the past year(s) or to mark a significant event. Names of loved ones will be read, and families and friends are invited to light a candle in their memory.

 If you would like to have a loved one’s name read aloud, please call the church office at 860-668-7223.

Our Christmas Services are on Tuesday, December 24 at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. All are welcome to join us for our Christmas Eve services.

We will also have our January Communion Luncheon on January 8 at 10 a.m. in the Ebenezer Gay Room.

January 12 is Silver lake Sunday! Join us for worship as we have the Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, Executive Director of Silver Lake Conference Center, preaches. All are welcome to join us!

January 19 First Church will be participating in the Martin Luther King Interfaith Service, at 4 p.m. at Third Baptist Church. The church office will be closed Monday, January 20 for MLK, Jr. Day.

Back in June we began the first phase of our Capital Campaign funded renovation. Our Capital Campaign, Lifting UP Our Community, is dedicated to transforming our church into a fully accessible facility by becoming ADA Compliant. Our church building will be going through this transition during the fall and winter months. While we undertake this project, our church building will not be available for as many community events or outside group to use. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we look forward to serving our community even more when we finish this project!

To learn more about our Capital Campaign, visit our Website at, or call our church office to set up a meeting with one of our Capital Campaign Steering Committee members.

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