First Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

36 Main Street,
New Milford, CT  06776

Rev. Michael J. Moran
Rev. Robert J. McGrath

God Bless America
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Worship Service - 10:00 AM
Church School - 10:30 AM

"This we do for the glory of God,  for the good of our neighbors, and for the mutual growth in Christian grace."
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Baptisms are occasions of great joy, both in the life of a family and in the life of the church. We congratulate you on the new beginning celebrated in this service of baptism and pray your joy will find its fulfillment in the promises of grace this sacrament affirms.

Baptism is our sign and seal of God's promises: to save us from our sins; to form us into the Body of Christ, the church; to send the Holy Spirit daily to strengthen and renew us; and to bring us to eternal life.

Baptism - Sunday, December 23, 2007
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We, in turn, promise to love and trust God completely; to resist the temptation of evil -- in what we do, in what we say, in what we choose to ignore; to love our neighbor as ourselves; and to live a new and holy life.

And, when we bring our children to baptism, we also promise to pray with them and for them, and to bring them up in the knowledge and love of God.

We celebrate the sacrament of baptism on the third Sunday of each month. Sometimes baptism is celebrated during the morning worship service and sometimes after the service. The main distinction between the times regards the community of friends and family who promise their support to the person being baptized or to the parents bringing their children for baptism. If that community of support is the congregation of this church, then it is appropriate to have the baptism during worship. If the congregation will not serve as that community, then after worship is appropriate.

Some families also ask relatives or friends to stand up as Godparents for their children at baptism. We incorporate this into our service when requested.

We like to meet with all those seeking baptism to get acquainted and go over the service, and the office will make an appointment for you to meet with one of the Pastors.

Some information is given below, but please don't hesitate to ask if you have additional questions.

Photo/Video Policy
We ask that you refrain from taking flash photographs during any part of the worship service. If you would like pictures of the baptism, the pastor will be glad to stay with you for photographs after the service. Videotaping of the service is permitted, but please be discreet.

Restrooms can be found downstairs. There is ample shelf space in the women's room to change diapers.

Child Care
Child care is available from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m.(summer hours 9:00 to 10:00) in the parish house for all children from newborn through age 3. If you are visiting the church and wish to bring your child to child care after the baptism service, feel free to take him/her up during regular Church School dismissal (usually during the second hymn). An usher will be glad to direct you to the parish house.

Christian Education Program
We have a very active Church School program for children ages 3 years through 8th grade. Our enrollment averages about 200. The curriculum provides a religious education that is positive and creative. The volunteer staff is extremely dedicated to guiding our children on their journey of spiritual growth. If you are visiting and your children would like to attend our Church School, please bring them to the parish house. There is a person on hall duty each Sunday who will be happy to direct you to the correct room(s). Enrollment in our Church School is accepted at any time during the year. You may register your child(children) any Sunday by seeing the person on hall duty.

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36 Main Street, New Milford, CT  06776
Phone - 860-354-8232
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