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About The Congregational Church in Killingworth

Who We Are

Welcome to the Congregational Church in Killingworth, United Church of Christ. Our doors are wide open to all those seeking to find a safe, but invigorating place for spiritual life, growth, fellowship and service. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. 

Sunday worship begins at 10 a.m. and lasts for about an hour.   During July and August our worship begins at 9 a.m.  After worship all are invited to our Parish Hall for food and fellowship.  Our church is wheelchair accessible through the north side ramp. 

The sacrament of Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month.   All of God’s people are welcome at our table, including children at the discretion of their parents.  We believe that people of all ages grow in their faith while they experience their faith. 

Throughout the year we offer many special services: Ash Wednesday, Lent, Maundy Thursday, Christmas Eve, etc.

The United Church of Christ (www.ucc.org)

The UCC is a mainline Protestant denomination that has roots in four church bodies: Congregational, Reformed, Christian and Evangelical. Created in 1957, the UCC believes that each congregation has the freedom to govern itself and the responsibility to join in covenant with each other. The UCC lives out its faith through the worship of God experienced in Christ and the Spirit, through welcoming all people regardless of differences, through working for peace and justice in society, and through ecumenical and interfaith relationships.

Church History

On May 8, 1735, the town of Killingworth was divided into two Ecclesiastical Societies by an act of the Connecticut General Assembly. The Ecclesiastical Society in New England was the extension of religious privileges in the formation of a new church congregation resulting from the division of the town. The society then assumed responsibility for the religious affairs, schools and cemeteries that the town had previously exercised. The southern society resulting from the division is now Clinton, while the northern society, then North Killingworth, became present-day Killingworth. The new society built its first meetinghouse in 1736 and settled its first pastor two years later.  A new meetinghouse replaced the first in 1743; both were located near the intersection of the present Routes 80 and 81. The third (and present) meetinghouse was raised in 1817 and completed in 1820. The church as it was in 1895 is pictured here.  In 1818, the church and state were separated by law. The Ecclesiastical Society and the Congregational Church were united into one organization and incorporated under Connecticut statutes in 1891. The Parish Hall was built onto the back of the church building in 1959, and the Old Town Hall building was purchased in 1966.  In 1961, the Congregational Church in Killingworth voted to become a member of the United Church of Christ.  


In the spring of 2004, a stone labyrinth was installed at the edge of the woods, near the Memorial Garden. It is a classical 7 circuit labyrinth formed of 1,353 small stones. A labyrinth is an invaluable spiritual tool. Walking its path is a way to help center one's mind and spirit in meditation and prayer. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has no choices with only one path leading in and the same path leading back out again. This makes the labyrinth walk one of peaceful contemplation and focus. All are welcome to come and walk our labyrinth. If you would like to bring a Youth Group or other small group, please call the church office first at (860) 663-1789 to check availability.