We are grateful that God continually brings new friends into the fellowship of the church. If you are considering membership with the The First Congregational Church, please speak with a minister or one of the deacons. Prospective member classes are held seasonally. Three 90-minute sessions, following Sunday worship, explore the meaning of Christian faith, our spiritual journeys, and the fellowship and mission life of our church.

Belonging to the church is not like joining a club or civic organization. It goes deeper than that because it’s a spiritual thing. In the Bible, Paul gives us the best model when he describes the church as the Body of Christ on earth.

  • God empowers each of us with gifts which are “the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7).

  • In the church, “[we] are now the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:7, 27).

  • Together, “we are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another” (Romans 12:5).

At The First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, we strive to live up to this biblical model of church and personal membership in the Body of Christ. So membership involves a number of commitments:

  • Worship. Faithful attendance in worship is central to the Christian life.

  • Stewardship. We speak of the four T’s – sharing our time, talent, treasure, and testimony.

  • Giving. Faithful financial support of the church will be regular, generous, and proportional to our financial resources.

  • Growing. Membership involves commitment to a life of discipleship, continuing to learn what it means to follow Jesus in our spiritual journey, and growing in our relationship with Christ.

  • Sharing. Active participation in the fellowship of the church enables us to support one another in times of need, and to celebrate occasions of joy with one another.

  • Serving. We state on the masthead of our publications: Every member a minister.

We encourage every member to be involved in some expression of ministry beyond Sunday worship – in a choir, teaching church school or working with youth, in prayer ministry, serving on a ministry or committee, working with one of our mission partners, or in some other ministry that connects our gifts with areas of need.