First Congregational Church of Canterbury

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First Congregational Church Canterbury CT

Christ Centered-Spirit Led

About our Church

We strive to share the love of God as expressed in Jesus Christ with all people.

We are a warm and welcoming congregation where the gospel of Jesus Christ has central place. Our members include persons of all ages and walks of life; and we offer many opportunities to be actively involved in the life of the church. We cherish our children and youth; and reach out in mission to the local community and the world.


Ministries of First Congregational Church

  • Worship Service each Sunday at 10 am
  • Church School at 10 AM from September to June
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Youth Group
  • Church Choir
  • Canterbury Cares Community Food Pantry
  • Visitation to the Sick and Elderly
  • Bereavement Services


Our Approach to Christian Eductation for Children and Youth 

Children are an essential part of our congregation--to be seen as well as heard from.  The goal of the Christian Education Program at First Congregational Church is to help children and youth become responsible members of the church and society, able to apply their Christian faith to everyday life.  Our program is based on the Bible and on the traditions of Christianity.  In addition to a Bible based curriculum, we use, music, art, and drama to help the children learn and express their faith.  Our teachers strive to model Christ’s love in all their interactions with the children.  

We encourage our children and youth to be involved in all aspects of the church’s life, including worship, fellowship, and service.  Typically, the younger children engage in a Children's Sermon with the pastor before they leave the worship service to participate in church school.  The pastor works with youth in a program that leads to their Confirmation in the Christian faith.  We also offer a Teen Club in which youth engage in service projects, worship, and have fun together.