No matter where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here
The First Congregational Church of Westbrook was organized on June 29, 1726 by Reverend William Worthington, and fourteen charter members consisting of 8 women and 6 men. The first meeting house was forty feet long and thirty feet wide and built in 1728. After 100 years, it became too small for the growing congregation, so a second meeting house was built on the same site to house the expanding membership which included its Ladies Society, which was organized in 1854. A Young People’s Society was formed in 1890 and developed into today’s Senior High Youth Group. This church building was destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve, 1892. In July 1894, the cornerstone for the foundation [of a new building] was laid. During the Great Hurricane of 1938, the roof collapsed, the bell tower was torn off, and water filled the sanctuary. Repairs were made and the church continued to serve the needs of its growing membership with enlargements and renovations occurring in 1964, 1970 and the early 1990’s to add classrooms, offices, Pastor’s study, a parlor and a new wing. The current sanctuary, with its newly restored stained-glass windows, can hold two hundred members and its classrooms can support a bustling Sunday School of one hundred thirty children. During its 294 years of history, the First Congregational Church of Westbrook has had only twenty-six resident ministers. The church has enjoyed a long history of tradition with many long-standing minister services and a congregation with strong community connections.
We, the members of Westbrook Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, embrace, affirm, and celebrate all who seek to love and serve God. As followers of Jesus, we promise our love and support to all persons, embracing differences of age, race, culture, ethnicity, mental and physical capability, marital choice, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith background and socioeconomic status. We offer all sacraments and rites to those who enter our circle of faith, and extend all responsibilities and privileges to those who choose covenant membership.