to the church on the hill!

Connecting people to God and each other
through worship, fellowship and service.


Welcome to The First Congregational Church in Essex!
We worship in person each Sunday morning at 10am (masks optional).

Preaching this Sunday: Rev. Dave Stambaugh

All of our services are live streamed on FACEBOOK, and
can be viewed at any time on our YOUTUBE channel.

Advent Happenings

Sunday, November 27, 4:30pm
Trees in the Rigging Community Carol Sing and Parade
Carols led by our very own Pratt Family singers!
(Weather permitting)

Saturday, December 3, 5:30pm
Ivoryton Illuminations
Join in with the carolers as we get ready to enjoy the illumination of over 500,000 lights in Ivoryton village!

Wednesday, December 21, 7:30pm
Blue Christmas Service
at Old Saybrook Congregational Church.
A quiet and meditative service with those in mind who are looking for comfort during the Christmas season.

Saturday, December 24, 5:30pm
Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelit Service

at Essex Congregational Church.

Sunday, December 25
This year, we invite everyone to enjoy Christmas morning at home with their families. Merry Christmas!

Who we are

Our “church on the hill” dates back to 1852 and is a member of The United Church of Christ (UCC). The UCC is a Protestant denomination which was born out of the Protestant Reformation and a union of several traditions of Protestant Christianity in 1957. Because we are congregational, we are democratic in structure, and independent from a hierarchy. To learn more, please click below.

Open and Affirming

The First Congregational Church in Essex believes that God calls us to welcome and affirm all people. We rejoice that all persons, people of every race, age,
gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, marital standing, economic status, and family configuration, are welcome in God’s church as members and to serve as leaders.
November 21, 2010

Mission Statement

Both our Purpose Statement and Church Covenant encourage us to live out Jesus’ commandment to love God and neighbor. They state, in part, that “The purpose and mission of this church shall be to worship God and offer loving service to all people…laboring together for the progress of knowledge, the promotion of justice, the reign of peace, and the realization of unity.”

Online Giving

Online giving on our new website is currently under construction. The link below will take you to our former homepage where you can find the familiar PayPal link.

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Contact Us

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Essex UCC

6 Methodist Hill
Essex CT 06426

Office Hours
Tu-Fr, 9a-1p

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