First Congregational Church of Woodstock

"Welcoming, Growing, Caring" Sharing Christs Love with All People

First Congregational Church of Woodstock


What might it mean to us today that Christ is the Light of the World?  And that everyone of us is called to be the Light of the World as well?

Through songs and stories we explore these questions in light of the dark times it feels as though we are in.

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We speak about love and justice; however, as individuals, groups, communities, congregations, nations, peoples, and the human race – we fall short.

And yet, there is hope!  In this urgent, timely series, we reflect on the ancient concept of covenant. And why covenants give us the power to change everything – for Good.

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Sunday October 23, 2022 we celebrated the installation of Rev. Dr. Kevin Downer as our pastor. You can watch the recording of the service by clicking the above image. You can also open, print and/or download a copy of the program by clicking here.

If you ever wonder if you have a purpose, why you are here, or what your gifts might be, we encourage you to check out the joy filled worship and meaningful messages that are part of this series. 

Week after week, we explore why we believe that everyone, including You, is a child of the living God, beautifully and wonderfully made!  How it is that we are each gifted and called by God into communities where we are challenged to find ways to bring healing and hope to heal God’s world.

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What wisdom might we find in the songs and stories of ancient times, as well as our own? 

Throughout the summer, July 3 through September 4, we explore the meaningful messages found in Psalms and Parable, i.e., songs and stories. Pastor’s Sue and Kevin are alternating weeks and Rev. Debbie Pallatto-Fontaine offers a reflection on Aug 14

Collectively, we pray that all will be excited, engaged, and renewed with joy, humor, encouragement and hope.

JULY – Worship is at 9AM at First Congregational Church of Woodstock.
AUGUST and SEPTEMBER 4 Worship is at 9AM at East Woodstock (220 Woodstock Road)

How might we find, maintain, and regain hope in times when life is overwhelming, the way uncertain, our country fragmented, and the climate quickly approaching a point beyond repair?

In this series we explore Hope:

  • What hope is and is not
  • What our faith and others have to say about hope
  • How we find and nurture hope in our children amid the pandemic, climate crisis, polarization, violence, etc.
  • How we might deepen our hope in something meaningful, rather than superficial sayings, simplistic faith, or “bumper-sticker” theology

What might it mean that “life and spirituality are journeys?” That “the way is the journey?” or that “We make the way by walking?”

In this season of Lent, we explore this timely, challenging, and hope filled metaphor. Along the way we will meet characters young and old, mystics, monks, and even a  mama duck!

Within this motif, we will also explore Core Values – what they are, why they matter, and ways in which values form and transform our attitudes, assumptions, behaviors, and journey.

We explore the practical, spiritual dimensions of hunger and food insecurity.  We wonder what it means that “we have everything we need to help in ways that are helpful and positively impact the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual hunger wherever we find ourselves on our journey.

We celebrate creation – not as a prop or backdrop, but as full participant in God’s ever unfolding, all enfolding story.  We reflect on our purpose to heal the world.  And wonder with the Psalmist:  “When (we) look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established what are human beings that you are mindful of them, that you care for (us)?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

543 Route 169, Woodstock, Connecticut 06281 | 860. 928. 7405 | Sunday Worship 10 am