At First Church, one of our Focus Values is community.

Groups and Life Groups are a few of the ways that we can focus and grow together as a community.

A First Church Life Group is a small community of roughly twelve people who meet regularly for an informal time of fellowship and learning. They encourage one another in spiritual growth through study, discussion, and sharing together God's Word. Prayer, mutual concern, and acceptance are also key components.

There are many different groups, meeting in different locations; surely there is a place for you!
Other ministry departments also offer groups formed around special interests: men's, women’s, couples, singles, mothers of preschoolers, youth, or those suffering from addictions.

If you are interested in becoming a part of a Life Group, OR interested in starting one,

please contact Pastor Todd at, or 860 529 1575 ext.115.


Are you grieving the death of a loved one, or do you know someone who is? Diane Galloway and Nancy Carroll will co-host Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing in Your Heart. This course is built on basic principles and actions to help engage one's grief and create momentum toward healing. 

The class will begin on Monday, October 2, and will meet on the first and third Mondays of the month from 1:30-2:45 PM.

To register, call Caring Ministries at 860.529.1575, ext. 117. Registrations are required.


The New City Catechism: 52 Questions and Answers for our Hearts and Minds

Do you desire a better understanding of the core doctrines of the Christian Faith? Do you long to let the word of Christ "dwell richly within you" so that God's truth takes root to help you think and act biblically? 

Throughout the history of  the church, Christians have used catechisms - collections of questions and answers - to teach central doctrines of the faith. The New City Catechism Devotional is a gospel-centered, modern-day resource that examines and summarized important transformative Christian beliefs. 

Helga Phillips will lead this study on Wednesday evenings beginning September 20 at 7:00 PM in the Church Parlor. 

*We will not meet on Wednesday, December 27.

For further information or to register, email Helga at or call 860-525-1357.


Please click on the +, next to the group name and time for more information about the group, or to

either join via Zoom or connect with the contact person for an in-person meeting.

  • Meeting In-Person at the Church in the Prayer Room.

    NO MEETING IN SEPTEMBER — Next Meeting, October 3, 2022

    MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED for this meeting by the Alzheimer's Association.

    This caregiver support group is designed for family members of individuals suffering from dementia. The focus is on caregiving challenges, issues, needs (with possible solutions), ways of coping and information about community resources.

    For more information or the register, please contact Diane Galloway at 860.529.1575 ext. 117 or

  • Meeting In Person in M107 (Marsh Building)


    Meeting ID: 883 6475 1175

    Passcode: 358327


    To inquire about joining, materials and other details, please contact Jon Vining at

  • Forever Young will meet once a month beginning September 12, 2023.

    Meetings will be held on the SECOND Tuesday of each month.

    Bible Study will begin at 10:30 in the Drawing Room and end around 11:30.

    We will then continue with socializing and lunch in the Morgan House Cafe.

    Participants are asked to bring their own lunch.

    On Tuesday, January 9th we will meet in the Morgan House. A DVD focused on prayer will be shown followed by a lunch of Split Pea and Ham soup made by John Bernardi.

    If you have questions or wish to join us, please contact: John Wieder at

  • The monthly Shawl Ministry meetings will resume the first Tuesday of each month beginning

    September 5, from 6:30–7:30 PM in the Morgan House Café.  

    *We will not meet in January.

    New and former members are welcome.  

    For further information conact Elaine St. Onge at 860.529.7821.

  • Gideon— Your Weakness.  God’s Strength.

    Begins Wednesday, October 5, from 10:30–11:45 AM in the Church Parlor. 

    Do you feel overwhelmed?  Intimidated? Insufficient?  

    Gideon’s story involves far more than a wet fleece and a battle won with 300 soldiers. His epic victory tells of one man’s struggle with his own weakness—and the One True God who transformed it into triumph. 

    We all struggle with insecurity, perhaps accepting our limitations, this study on Gideon will show how God can use our weakness to unlock His strength.  

    Diane Galloway will facilitate this 7-week Priscilla Shirer DVD/study on Gideon.

    To register, contact Diane at 860.529.1575 ext. 117 or  

    Books are available for purchase.

  • Meeting In-Person in Prayer Room. 

    *We will not meet on Wednesday, December 27.

    For more information, please contact Diane Galloway at or 860.529.1575 ext. 117.

    The one prayer Christ calls us all to pray requires us to let go of our momentary agendas and take up his eternal one. It requires us to surrender our disoriented sense of need to his perfect sense of what is best. We wait with expectant hearts to see When Women Pray. 

    All are welcome to join in this prayer time.

  • WEDNESDAY EVENING PRAYER TIME — In the Morgan House Drawing Room

    Join Pastor Wayne for this time of Prayer.

    If you have questions, please contact Pastor Todd at or at 860 529 1575 ext.115.



    Led by Bruce David Smith

    For information or to join us please contact Bruce David Smith at

  • THURSDAY MORNING PRAYER TIME — In the Morgan House Drawing Room

    Join Pastor Todd for this time of Prayer.

    If you have questions, please contact Pastor Todd Willard at or at 860 529 1575 ext.115. 

  • Meets in the Fireside Room for In-Person

    or via Zoom


    MEETING ID: 894 2418 8677

    Passcode: 913552


    All men are invited to gather either virtually or in person for prayer, discussion of Scripture, fellowship.

    For more information, please contact Ron Vliet at 860.490.5614 or at