With a unanimous vote of the congregation, the First Church of Christ in Bethany has declared itself an “Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ”. The church members declared that as “all people are welcomed by God’s grace, we welcome all people.”
The church has declared that all people are welcome – people of every race, ethnicity, gender, diversity, sexual orientation, marital or socio-economic status, age, and physical or mental ability. Everyone is welcome to worship, service, fellowship and leadership in this church.
“We want to be a place of welcome, a place where people can come, raise their families, experience community and know God’s love. We want to be people who live out God’s welcome in our daily lives,” said interim Pastor Virginia Child. “For instance, one of our members who is a pediatric nurse practitioner, has begun to wear a rainbow lanyard while at work, so that the children she sees will know that she is a safe person to talk with.”
The First Church of Christ, Congregational UCC has been an integral part of Bethany life since 1762. Passionate in its outreach, the church supports area food banks, the New Haven Diaper Bank, and local emergency needs, as well as providing worship and Christian education for all.
For more information, please contact: The Rev. Dr. Virginia H. Child, Pastorchild02914@gmail.com, (774) 218-0738; The First Church of Christ, Congregational, UCC, Bethany CT.
The First Church of Christ, Congregational UCC of Bethany is an Open and Affirming Church. We are open and affirming to all who wish to share our faith journey. All people are welcomed by God’s grace and thus we welcome all people of every race, ethnicity, gender diversity, sexual orientation, marital or socio-economic status, age, and physical or mental ability into the worship, rites, sacraments, fellowship and leadership of our church. We recognize and love each and every individual as a child of God.