The First Congregational Church of Darien
United Church of Christ

A community of faith since 1737


The First Congregational Church of Darien
14 Brookside Road
Darien, CT 06820 USA
Phone: 203-655-0491
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The First Congregational Church of Darien is an accepting community where faith in Christ makes a difference in our lives, in our homes, and in the world.  

The time-honored truths of our Christian faith form our core convictions, but all spiritual seekers are free to find their own place within our shared life.

We welcome you wherever you are on your journey.  As a spiritual home, our hallmarks are education, fellowship and pastoral care.  Children hold a special place in our community. We embrace them with love and guidance to form them as people of faith and character.  As a United Church of Christ, we are a church of social conscience, unafraid of today’s issues and serving as a reconciler among different faiths.

We are a close spiritual family, but always glad to make room for new friends at worship.  We are eager to get the good word out about First Congregational Church, UCC, Darien.  Whether you contemplate a new church home, seek sanctuary from the noise of daily life, or look for answers to life’s most essential and difficult questions, the welcome you will find among us promises to make a real difference for you.

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Easter Sunday Services at 7, 9, and 11 am

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Holy Week


Palm Sunday (April 13th)


Maundy Thursday (April 17th), we will remember how Jesus transformed the Passover with a Scripture readings and Holy Communion, starting at 7:00 p.m.


Beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Good Friday (April 18th), by longstanding tradition, the church family will read the New Testament all the way through from the pulpit Bible.  Individuals and families may sign up for one or more twenty minute blocks throughout the day until midnight.  


Also on Good Friday, people from all over Darien will gather at our church at 10:30 a.m. to carry a large cross through town.  The procession of laypeople and clergy will continue to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, where the community Good Friday worship will begin at 12:00 noon.  Worshippers may come for part or all of the service, which lasts until 3:00 p.m.  Reverend Rosenberger will be the first one preaching.


Easter sunrise service (Sunday, April 20th) will return to Stephen Mather Cemetery (southeast corner of Brookside Road and Stephen Mather Road) at 7:00 a.m.


Our 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Easter worship services will be identical, and will be designed with families in mind.  Choral music, flowers, and balloons will underscore the joy of the day.   Children will remain in the Meetinghouse for the entire service and, if desired, childcare will be available for children (2nd grade and younger) in the Circle Room and care for infants will be available in our Nursery. 


Easter egg hunt will take place after the 11:00 a.m. service. Children to gather in front of the stage in Parish Hall after the service.


Thursday Morning Playdates at Cherry Lawn for Mothers with Young Children!

What’s better than taking your children to the park in the springtime?  Getting to do it with their friends from Church School and Nursery!  This will be a great opportunity for young moms to meet some other moms in our Church Community and chat over some coffee, all while watching your young ones have the time of their life.  Cherry Lawn Playdates will start Thursday, April 24th, at 9:30am.  Stop by and stay as long as you want.  In the event of rain, we will be meeting at FCC in the Youth Room.  A Facebook page has been created for updates and sign-ups for snacks!  Please pass along the word!  It will be a blast!  Please email Kate Nelson at for more information.  Facebook page: FCC Playdates at Cherry Lawn.


A Baptism! Sunday March 16th

Charles MacInnes Boulier, son of Charles and Katherine Boulier, brother of Maddie. The baby will be known as Mac. He is the grandson of church member Anne MacInnes.



FCC Welcomes New Youth Minister

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First Congregational Church of Darien

14 Brookside Road
Darien, CT 06820

Please join us in welcoming our new Youth Minister, Justin Inners.  Justin hails from Pennsylvania where he worked from 2006-09 as the Associate for Youth Ministry for the Yorkshire United Methodist Church, directing all aspects of their youth program.  Justin became Yorkshire's Assistant Pastor in 2009 where he stayed until 2012 before heading to Connecticut.  In addition to overseeing the youth ministry of the church during this time, he planned worship services, lead the worship team/band, ran bible studies for all age groups, assisted with pastoral care, and lead mission trip teams, in addition to assisting the senior pastor.  See more



Parish Columns is going All Digital!
Since so many of the congregation is online, we are transitioning Parish Columns to an all-electronic publication.
While we recognize there are still some members of the congregation without access to email, we feel that this step needs to be taken, due to changes in postal regulations, to make our communications more flexible, and to cut unnecessary expenses.  We still plan to make paper copies of Parish Columns available at the church for those who do not have internet access and an email address.
To access the latest issue of Parish Columns, just click here.
We recognize that there are many of you out there who may or may not be receiving FLASH.  In future weeks and months we will be expanding our email list so that more of you receive our communications (while always respecting your wishes to opt out).
We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause.  If you know of a church member who does not have email and internet access, be a good Samaritan and print it out for them.  Or better yet, encourage them to come to services on Sunday to pick up a paper copy.
Warm Regards,
Scott Berry
Communications Chair

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