December and January at First Church of Christ, UCC

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First Church of Christ, Congregational UCC of Suffield, CT is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. First Church welcomes all to join us in worship Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., in-person or through our YouTube livestream.

No matter who you are, or where you are, on life’s journey, YOU are welcome here. Come as you are, for this is God’s house – a house of prayer for all people, and God welcomes each one who comes.

Welcome to the Holy season of Advent! Advent begins on December 3. Join us following worship for Advent Wreath Making; supplies provided by First Church.

Our Glad Tidings Christmas Auction is December 7. Proceeds from the Auction support the Suffield Community Aid Fuel Bank.

Sunday, December 10, we will be hosting a Community Christmas Carol Sing at Suffield on the River. We will leave the church following worship to head over and bring the gift of song. Carpooling is available – the more the merrier! Hot cocoa and yummy cookies following the singing,

Sunday, December 17, we host “Mary’s Baby Shower” during and after worship. We will be collecting items for newborn babies at Baystate Medical Center Neonatal Unit, Springfield Mass. We will also be providing a meal for Cathedral in the Night, feeding our neighbors in Northampton Mass.

Thursday, December 21, we host our Longest Night Service of Remembrance at 7 p.m. Sometimes it is hard to feel the joy of Christmas due to a deep mourning due to loss. This ecumenical service includes many of the same aspects of a regular Christmas service, but with a quieter tone. The service includes a time of remembrance for those losses we have suffered. Contact the church office to add a name to the service.

Sunday, December 24, we have our 10 a.m. worship service, and our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service will be at 9 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All are invited to our Christmas Eve services.

Sunday, December 31, we will host a virtual Sunday worship service. Contact the church office for more information.

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 27 following our 10 a.m. worship.

Rev. Diann continues to run a dedicated and vibrant Wednesday morning Bible study group at 10 a.m. each week via Zoom; contact us for more information.

Our Blessing Box is located right in front of First Church on High St and is open to our neighbors and community members to “take what you need; leave what you can.” We encourage our community to donate; please do not donate perishable foods or foods requiring refrigeration.

First Church hosts support groups in our building for their meetings, including Narcotics Anonymous, Families Anonymous, and Alcoholics Anonymous. Contact us for the full list of meeting information.

Questions and general inquiries should be directed to, or by leaving a message at 860-668-7223. Pastoral needs can be sent to, or by leaving a voicemail with Rev. Diann following the prompts through our church office. Our staff and Minister are ready to assist you or provide information as needed. God bless!

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