Visitors are always welcome at the First Congregational Church. In order to make your visit enjoyable, the following information will help you know what to expect.

Where are you located?
The First Congregational Church is located at 103 Main Street, Ridgefield, at the junction of Routes 33 and 35 by the historic Fountain. Directions

When should we arrive?
Plan on arriving 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the worship times. There will be a greeter or Deacon at the door. If you run a little late (we've all been there!), Deacons will help you.

Where do we park?
The parking lot is conveniently located on the church grounds. Handicap parking spaces are located near entrances. A handicapped access ramp is on the south side of the building; wheelchairs can be found just inside the door.

Where do we go when we get to the church?
There are several entrances to the building. The main entrance to the sanctuary is through the double doors under the overhang. (stairs). The wheelchair ramp is on the south side of the building. The glassed-in hallway leads into the sanctuary. Signs are in the reception area, providing direction.

What should we wear?
We are a congregation that comes from a range of religious backgrounds and traditions. Our youth are casual and comfortable, while our adults tend to be "business casual," with some jackets and ties.

What about children?
Our children's and youth ministries are the cornerstone of our church program, and we have worship, education and mission activities for each group. We believe that families should have a time of worship together. Once the children's message is completed, the children are accompanied to their classrooms. We recommend that on the first visit you accompany your children to their class, then return to worship. When worship is over, you can pick up your child in the classroom, and head to Lund Hall for fellowship and refreshments.

What about infants?
Our nursery is staffed by professional child care providers each week for both services to meet the needs of infants and toddlers. A parent/nursery beeper communication system for safety and peace of mind is provided.

What is worship like?
At FCC we embrace the rich tradition of Christian worship, and rejoice in the excellence of classic hymns and choral music. Some Sundays also include contemporary worship songs led by our worship band or other styles ranging from bluegrass to jazz. Our services are about an hour in length. After the opening time of praise and prayer, we have a "passing of the peace" for us to greet one another. The 10:00 am service includes a children's message called "Let the Children Come," following which pre-K through Grade 5 children are accompanied to their church school classes. (If your children want to stay with you for the first time, that's fine!)

Communion is held every Sunday at the 8:30 am service, and the first of each month at the 10:00 am service. We serve by intinction, each member comes forward to receive the bread, and dip it into a chalice with wine or grape juice. Communion is brought to those unable to come forward. Everyone is invited to participate in the sacrament of communion regardless of church membership or age. As a visitor, you are not expected to participate in our offering, unless you desire to do so.

Will I have a chance to meet people?
Each Sunday after the service there is time for conversation and refreshments in our fellowship hall. It's a great time to meet people, and to learn about the community. Deacons, members wearing blue nametags, will be happy to introduce you to others and answer questions you might have.

What if I have a hearing or sight impairment?
Assisted hearing units are available. Ask a Deacon, wearing a blue nametag for assistance with these portable, lightweight, discreet units that work with or without hearing aids. Large-print bulletins with the morning's hymns available at each service.

We look forward to having you as our guest on Sunday.