The First Congregational Church of Darien

United Church of Christ

A community of faith since 1737

About

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Photo by Dana Laird. Used with permission.

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.   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.

Who We are and Where We Come From

The Congregational heritage goes back to the 1500s in England, when Robert Browne argued for the right of individual conscience.  Congregationalists believe that the basic unit of the Christian faith is the local church, rather than the individual or the denomination. ” Each local church has complete autonomy; we have no bishop.  You will find here a wide range of beliefs.  For more background on Congregationalism and our role in Darien read more…

Church History

In 1737, the Connecticut General Assembly recognized the devotion, faith, and energy of a new Congregation in what became known as the town of Darien.  Although worship was regularly conducted here from that time on, it was not until 1744 that the community could provide for its first “settled minister.”  For more on our church history.

Clergy and Staff

For biographical and contact information about our clergy and staff. read more..

Church Boards

Photos of our 2015-16 governing boards, read more…

Our Wider Family

The First Congregational Church of Darien is a member of The United Church of Christ (UCC), a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church organization to join faith and action.  With more than 5,100 churches and 1.1 million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world.   UCC was formed in 1957 when the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches united to create one larger community of faith. These two denominations, which were themselves the result of earlier unions, had their roots in Congregational, Christian, Evangelical, and Reformed denominations.  For more information about the United Church of Christ and its Connecticut Conference read more

We also belong to The Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut, which comprises the churches, synagogues and other religious communities of Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and Greenwich.  The Council promotes interfaith collaboration and conversation. It actively supports the diverse religious expressions found within the communities of lower Fairfield County, and seeks to build understanding among the various traditions through both collaborative action addressing social needs, and through conversation and education.  For more on the Interfaith Council, read more..

Safe Church Policies

We are committed to ensuring that our church continues to be a safe place for children, youth, and the adults who work with them—on staff and as volunteers. For more information read more..

Church Governing Policies

Our church is self-governing.  It runs on consensus with every member a minister and a voting representative in our annual meeting. As a community of faith, we set our own policies and priorities, “call” our minister and determine our own budget.  More more information on how this process works Click here