Interested in Joining First Church?

For those who are considering membership, a brief informational session will be held in the Chapel following the 10:00 a.m. service on October 20 or October 27.  Those who choose to join are cordially invited to attend an orientation on Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.  Thank you.  Betty Pritchard –  New Member Sunday is Sunday, November 17.

Great Cloud of Witnesses Window Project: Your Photos are Needed  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us..."      – Hebrews 12:1


Who inspires you in your faith journey?  A parent, grandparent?  A friend, teacher, church leader?  Someone known to many, or someone known only to you? Someone who is living now or who has passed on?


For the month of November, our sanctuary windows will be lit with the sun's light shining through photos of these saints, those living and those who have passed on. 

You are invited to share your photos for this project now.  You can either bring in the photo (we’ll copy it on the spot), or email it, or take a photo of the photo and email that. Photos will then be copied onto a transparency, sized, and placed into one of the 800 panes in our sanctuary windows. Please email or bring your photo to Pastor Alison at

An Action Team to help prep and place the photos is now being organized.  Please email Pastor Alison to offer your help




Lights of Hope:  November 9

The First Congregational Church will be lighting up the night in support of Cheshire’s Lights of Hope.  We will need your help setting up luminaries on the church green.  You may come on your own or with your family, the more help the better!  Please arrive around 12:00 noon and we will be finished no later than 3:00 pm.  Even if you can’t spend the entire afternoon, any time you can volunteer would be greatly appreciated!  Any questions please contact Beth Nesbit Barnes at (203(605-3620.

Cheshire Food Pantry specific needs

Tuna, elbow macaroni, pasta, jar pasta sauce, lasagna noodles, peanut butter and jelly.  These items and any other donations can be left in the small shopping carriage in the Parlor.  Thank you for donations!


Bereavement Group:  October 17 – January 2

Coping with the loss of a loved one has no set time frame.  There are moments when we seem to be managing just fine and then there are moments when we continue to struggle.  Please come join us as we support one another in a shared loss, yet knowing that our grief experiences are unique to us.  Laughter and tears are equally welcome. This group is facilitated by trained Stephen Ministers, held in our Chapel. The group will run for 10 consecutive Thursdays, beginning October 17, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. There will be no group held the week of Thanksgiving. Registration is required - please contact the church office at (203)272-5323 x8.  There is no charge for this offering to the community.


Faith Formation


Fall Thursday Bible Study:  Daytime and Evening Options

Thursday Bible Study meets in the chapel at 10 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in Room 11 (new this year).  The study will be facilitated by Gary Rowe.   If you have any questions, please contact Gary Rowe (email; phone (203)-631-0064 or Marianne Eagleson (email –; phone (203)-271-2850.  Everyone is welcome. 

Confirmation Orientation and Potluck:  October 27

All 9th graders (and any others who may have missed it in the past) are invited to join us for a 20 week journey called "Confirm Not Conform."   A mailing will go out early in the fall with more details.  But in the meantime, please make plans to attend the Orientation and Potluck on Sunday, October 27, 5 PM in the Parish Hall.  And feel free to call Pastor James with any questions.


Speaker Series:  October 29
A Bird Specialist Reminisces About Birds and Specialties,
October 29, 7:00 PM in Parish Hall.
Speaker (and church member) Dr. Robert Giddings is a well-known avian specialist and founder of the Kensington Bird and Animal Hospital.


Save the Date!  November 3
Fall Costume Party for kids infants to 4th grade

Our high school youth group is excited to lead an event for our younger kids!  There will be fall themed crafts, a church scavenger hunt for treats, and dinner for the whole family.  So don't even think about putting those costumes away on Oct 31st !  More details coming soon.


Women’s Monthly Book Club

The club meets on the first Monday of the month, at various locations for book discussion.  Books are usually picked at the beginning of the previous month and discussed the next month.  If you are interested in joining or getting more information, please contact Leah Sanders –


Alchemy:  October 19

Alchemy, the vocal chamber ensemble of the GMChorale, will offer “Soirées Musicales” on Saturday, October 19 at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary. The concert showcases the versatility of this ensemble in performances of accompanied and a cappella choral music, and recalls the elegance of musical gatherings in earlier days though the singing of music that was meant to be performed in social settings that were intimate and informal. The featured work on these programs is the Neue Liebeslieder waltzes by Johannes Brahms, virtuosic settings of love poems for solo voices, chorus, and piano four hands (that is, two pianists playing one piano). The GMChorale’s long-time pianist Allan Conway will be joined at the keyboard by Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, and members of Alchemy will perform the vocal solos. The program also includes choral music by Giacchino Rossini, Randall Thompson, Edward Elgar, Rene Clausen, and others.



Prayer Net:  This e-mail Prayer Chain ministry alerts those who agree to pray when there is a prayer need. When one arises, you will be emailed with a confidential prayer request. You may also bring a prayer need, your own or for another to the Prayer Net by emailing The Rev. Alison McCaffrey, or if you are interested in the joining our group of prayers.  Requests may be emailed to

The First Congregational Church of Cheshire - 111 Church Drive - Cheshire, CT - 06410 - 203-272-5323

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