Spring Yard Sale & Bake Sale – Saturday May 6

Yard-Sale-Pic1Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8am – 2pm in front of the church.

Teen Connection (our youth mission team), their leaders and their parents will be holding their Annual Yard Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 6. All the proceeds will go toward their summer work camp at Navajo Mountain, Utah. This sale is one of their biggest fundraisers for the mission trip.

If you have any ‘treasures’ to donate, they can be dropped off beginning Sunday, April 30 after the 10:15 service. Start setting aside any valuables you no longer need, so they will be clean and ready to donate the week of April 30. Please keep in mind we are unable to take any televisions or computer equipment. If you have items that are too big for you to carry to church yourself, please contact the church office or Scott Hartzell, so we can arrange for transportation.

Joan Ireland is in charge of the bake sale. If you would like to donate any items for the Bake Sale, please drop them off on Saturday morning or contact Joan for an earlier drop off time.

Vacation Bible School 2017

Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God

‘Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God’

Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28 9 a.m. – Noon

With a closing celebration on Friday evening!

At VBS Hero Central, children (age 4 to 8th grade) will experience an interactive, energizing, Bible-based good time as they discover their strength in God. They will become Heroes and explore how to serve God and God’s mission for their lives.

After a high-energy opening assembly at Hero Central, the Heroes will make their way to the Bible Story Headquarters. Interactive Bible lessons reveal Hero Codes to equip your Heroes for an active life with God. Your Heroes will discover a Hero Verse (Bible memory verse) that will remain with them in their faith long after VBS.

The Heroes will expand on what they’ve discovered through a variety of activities: making their own art projects, singing new songs, exploring the wonders of creation at Science Headquarters, playing games, and enjoying tasty treats. Sign up today!

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VBS Volunteer Opportunity!!!

Teenagers and adults — join our leadership and/or decoration teams!! Contact Julia Manners or Elizabeth Perrone-Gray if this interests you. We are looking for a puppeteer and extra photographer this year.

Volunteer for a VBS leadership role and join us in the excitement at VBS Hero Central: Discover your strength in God!

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner/Celtic Concert – March 18, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 6:00pm

Traditional corned beef & cabbage dinner followed by a Celtic concert featuring the Anam Cara Band.

Tickets are available from the Church Office in advance for $25 adults, $15 youth, $5 under 10.

Call (860)399-9367 to reserve your tickets now!


(Tickets may also be available at the door for $27 adults, $17 youth, and $7 under 10.)






Advent & Christmas Services for 2016

We have services on Wednesdays in Advent, 3 services on Christmas Eve, and a family brunch service on Christmas Day.

Advent Services of Silence and Song, Wednesdays, 7:30 pm, December 7, 14, 21 – time and space for Advent waiting and reflection, along with Holy Communion and the music of Taize.

Longest Night Service, Weds. December 21, 7:30 pm (part of the Advent Service of Silence and Song) – a Liturgy of Memory and Hope as we light candles for those for whom our hearts ache this season.

The Living Crèche, Sunday, December 18, 5:30-6:00 pm. A still life reenactment of the manger scene, led by our Youth Group, held outside on our front lawn.

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December. 24:

  • 5:00 – All Age Worship with “Instant Pageant”
  • 7:30 – Candlelight Service with Choir
  • 11:00 – Candlelight and Communion Service

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25: (No 8:15 service)
10:15 – Prayers, Carols and Potluck Brunch! – Come together for an informal celebration gathering around the breakfast table, sharing prayers and carols as we celebrate the morning of Christ’s birth. Bring a breakfast item to share.

New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2017: (No 8:15 service or child care.)
10:15 – Ring in the New Year together as we remember the Magi and their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.


Advent Services of Silence and Song

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


Christmas Eve Instant Pageant FAQs

The Instant Pageant is a simple, yet moving, unrehearsed reenactment of the Christmas story, narrated by Rev. Jan. All children and teens (visitors included) are welcome to participate.

When Is It?
On Christmas Eve, during the 5:00 p.m. family service. Children should come to Fellowship Hall by 4:45 p.m. to don their costumes.

What Should I Wear?
To be a shepherd, wear a plain, dark bathrobe. To be an angel or a farm animal, wear a simple costume from home if you have one, or use one of the costumes available in Fellowship Hall.

Tell Me More!
Children participating in the pageant will sit with their parents in costume. Our oldest Sunday School, Confirmation students and high school teens generally fill the roles of Mary, Joseph, Gabriel and the three Kings. Those selected will sit at the very back of the sanctuary with Julia Manners until it’s time for them to come forward.

Rev. Jan will narrate the Christmas story and each group of children will come forward during the appropriate Christmas carol (as marked in the bulletin).

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



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.

Vacation Bible School 2016

‘Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Almighty Love’

Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29 9 a.m. – Noon

We enthusiastically invite all children (from preschool through 8th grade) to this year’s high-energy Vacation Bible School! Participants will discover how to surf through life with God and others. The fun begins on Monday, July 25 and ends with an evening celebration picnic on Friday, July 29, which our entire congregation is invited to.

The adventure includes energizing music, interactive Bible fun, super science, cool crafts, delicious snacks, great games, and more!

Feel free to invite your friends’ children, as well! VBS is a great introduction to our church and to God!

The cost is only $50 per child for the entire week. Checks can be made out to WCC, with VBS written in the subject line. Register your children today! Registration/refund deadline is Sunday, July 17.  [[ Download the registration form :: VBS 2016 Surf Shack registration form pdf ]]

If you are interested in decorating, speak with Liz Perrone-Gray. Adults and teens entering 8th grade and above can join our volunteer team. Contact Julia Manners: faithformation@westcongchurch.org