Advent Services of Silence and Song

Advent is the season of waiting and hoping, as we prepare to welcome the Christ into our life in new ways. To offer you a deep and meaningful way to observe the sacred season of Advent, we are offering a four week Contemplative Advent Worship series on Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary, led by Rev. Jan, Diane Wolff and Price Vander Swaagh. Come, sink into the stillness and quiet of God’s presence as an emerging awareness of Christ’s coming dawns throughout the season. The music, prayers, silence and reflections will all be designed to draw you deeper into the heart of God as you await Emmanuel.

  • Weds. Nov. 30- Contemplative Worship
  • Weds. Dec. 7- Contemplative Worship
  • Weds. Dec. 14 – Contemplative Worship
  • Weds. Dec. 21 – Longest Night Service of Remembrance

 

The Journey Home from War: Veterans’ Storytelling Project Training

The Journey Home from War is a non-partisan, two-day training being offered in April 2017 for faith communities to better welcome, integrate and offer healing outreach to veterans in their local area. The aim is to strengthen the capacity of leaders and organizations to address the needs of veterans and their families, to break cycles of trauma, and to build resilience.

Friday/Saturday, April 7/8, 2017 (Re-scheduled from January)
 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Westbrook, UCC
1166 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT 06498

The Journey Home from War program is based on Trauma Resilience training (STAR) developed for the 9/11 aftermath. The STAR training builds awareness of trauma-related injuries and teaches methods of coping and healing. The training is led by Brookfield Institute (www.brookfieldinstitute.org) co-founder Rev. Dr. Beverly Prestwood-Taylor, an international trauma healing expert who oversees a team of highly credentialed trainers in conflict transformation, trauma healing, and community building and organization.

This two-day training provides individuals and faith communities with the background and resources they need to create effective outreach ministries to veterans in their local communities. The workshop is designed to assist participants in understanding the journey of healing and will review the basic theory as it applies to experience of veterans and military families including:

  • the effects of trauma on the body, mind and spirit,
  • common responses to unhealed trauma,
  • recognizing the symptoms of traumatic brain injury,
  • insight about coping with moral injury, and
  • new skills and strategies to chart a healing journey.

In addition, participants will learn about the process of coming home faced by all veterans, such as:

  • stages veterans move through as they prepare for deployment and as they return,
  • battle mind: unlearning some aspects of basic training in order to re-acclimate to life with their families, and
  • creating a specific plan to support veterans and military families.

Local congregations are invited to send clergy and/or laity teams (suggested size: 5 people) for $500/congregation. Costs for this comprehensive workshop are being underwritten by the First Congregational Church of Westbrook Ramsey Mission Fund. Other grants are currently being pursued.

For more information, please call or email the Rev. Dr. Jan Gregory-Charpentier, Pastor, First Congregational Church of Westbrook: (860) 399-9367, pastor@westcongchurch.org

How do I register?

Register online

After you register online, send payment to First Congregational Church of Westbrook, 1166 Boston Post Road, Westbrook CT 06498. Payment: $500/congregation. Please make checks out to “First Congregational Church of Westbrook” with “Journey Home from War” on memo line. Pay in full upon registration, please.

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Where do I park?

Parking for services at Westbrook Congregational may be found along Norris Ave, around the Town Green, or across Route 1 behind the Fire Department.  Entrances to the sanctuary may be found on the Route 1 side of the building.  Please be sure to use the crosswalks when crossing Essex Road or Route 1.

Is the church handicap accessible?

Yes.   Handicap parking is available at the top of Norris Ave.  To avoid stairs, you must enter the church from Norris Ave away from Route 1.  Follow the signs inside through Fellowship Hall to the Sanctuary.

How can I get more information?

You may call the office at (860) 399-9367.


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Westbrook Congregational Church (WCC) Offers Family Worship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Bring family members of all ages Sunday, September 11, 2016,  at 10:15 am to the first “Second Sunday, Second Service” of the new church year at the First Congregational Church of Westbrook, as we kickoff of Sunday School, Youth Groups and Adult Ministries for the fall. The  “Second Sunday, Second Service” is a contemporary, intergenerational worship service for all ages. WCC invites new and returning participants to enjoy countless opportunities for worship, fellowship, learning and service in the coming church year. All are welcome! Information and registration materials for all age group activities will be available on September 11, or by visiting our website: www.westcongchurch.org. “Second Sunday, Second Service” is a new initiative for WCC, blending contemporary music, multi-media and all-age participation,  and will continue as a unique monthly celebration of God’s joyful and inclusive love. Please join us for this special service and all services, 8:15 am and 10:15 am every Sunday.

Thank you to our Veterans

On Friday, November 6, 2015, our church had a potluck dinner to honor our veterans.  We shared a meal and then listened to stories from men and women who served this country.    The honest accounts were very moving.  Pictures shared may be viewed in Fellowship Hall.

 

Organist/Accompanist Position Available

Position Available: Organist/Accompanist Westbrook Congregational Church, Ct. 1984 two manual Schantz, 22 rank, 24 stops, 1881 Steinway Grand. Two services Sunday a.m., weekly choir rehearsal thurs. p.m. in season, 3 additional services during year. For additional information contact Patti Pessoni – search chair – pattisoni@comcast.net 860-399-6800 or Charles Stannard – former organist – stannard@comcast.net 860-669-5469

Church Fellowship Fair – August 22

The Westbrook Congregational Church is holding its annual Fellowship Fair on August 22nd.  There will be Crafts, Vendors, Jewelry, a Children’s Table, and a Food Tent on the Westbrook green.  In addition at 8:30 there will be a church wide yard sale on the church lawn with collectables and a clothing boutique inside.  Please join us on the green, browse our wares while enjoying the Westbrook muster.  If you are interested in having a booth on the green (space is still available) please contact the church office (860)399-9367.

Christmas Fair – Sat, Dec 6, 9am-2pm

We hope you’ll come to the Ladies Society Annual Christmas
Fair a fun and festive event held in Fellowship Hall. Craft items of all sorts will be featured, as well as wreaths, centerpieces and jewelry.

“White Elephant” items will be sold, too. As you go through your Christmas decorations, set aside any that you may no longer use and bring them into the Church beginning on December 1. We can also use jewelry donations.

The Youth Group will provide a menu of inexpensive lunch items for hungry customers who would like to enjoy a meal while they shop.

The Ladies are looking for donations of baked goods. These items can be dropped off anytime on Friday, December 6 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., as well as on Saturday morning. This year we will be including a “Tea Cup Raffle” ~ shoppers may purchase tickets and bid on items donated by our congregation!

Christmas Eve Services 2014

5:00pm  Family Service & Instant Pageant

This is a worship service for all ages with the singing of Christmas Carols and the reading of the Christmas story. To remind our children that Christmas is about the birth of Christ, we hope that they will come to church on “the night before Christmas.” The Children’s Choir is scheduled to sing. Nursery care is provided.

All children who wish to be in the pageant are invited to do so. Costumes will be available in Fellowship Hall before the service for those who don’t have them.

7:30pm Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols

This traditional service will include music by our Adult Choir, as well as special music. We will read the Christmas story from the King James Bible, and sing Silent Night by candlelight. Nursery care is provided.

11:00pm Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols

This quiet candlelight service of the reading of the Christmas story from the King James Bible, and the singing of carols is designed, after all else is finished, to help persons experience the peace, holiness and awe of the birth of Christ. Guest musicians will play.

Fellowship Fair :: August 23

On the Westbrook Green & Church Lawn, the Fellowship Fair will be held on Saturday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the fair we will have baked goods for sale, as well as jewelry, food, clothes, children’s books and a tag sale.