Our church has traditionally been a church of missions and outreach. We donate food, clothing, living necessities, and money to those in need - locally, nationally, and internationally. We sponsor
several children through World Vision and donate to UCC missions, Helping Hands food pantry, the Salvation Army, Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries, the Diaper Bank, Eddy House Homeless Shelter, and other worthwhile charities.
One of the strengths of our church is that we believe that our faith calls each of us to reach out in mission projects to those in need around us. Our Mission of the Month program provides hands-on help to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries, Habitat For Humanity, Crop Walk, organizations supporting homeless families, senior citizens needing help in their homes, etc. In addition, each month we prepare and share a meal at the Eddy House Homeless Shelter. We also take food
and clothing on a monthly basis to be distributed to anyone in need on the Green in New Haven. Everyone in our congregation is encouraged to participate in one or more of our mission projects.
In February, 2014, we welcomed Rebecca Blomgren as our new organist/choir director. Becky has extensive church music experience and is a skilled musician who plays piano, organ, recorder,
handbells, and has significant vocal training. She attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Kent State University School of Music. Becky has an enthusiastic love of singing, a joyful approach
to our choir, and adds a wonderful diversity of music styles to our worship.
The choir sings weekly during the 10:00 AM worship service, as well as at special services, holidays and events. Anthems are not limited to a particular style, but range from early music through to modern gospel sounds. Newcomers are always welcome, if you enjoy good fellowship, music, and
spiritual singing, please feel free to join in. Everyone is welcome, from high school age on up, regardless of musical experience.
Choir rehearsal is on Thursday evenings at 7:15 p.m. and on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. In addition, an expanded choir is assembled around Christmas and Easter to sing larger works.
There are no evening rehearsals in the summer. For further information on participating in choir as a regular, occasional, or special events singer, contact Becky Blomgren or the church office.
Soloists and Instrumentalists
Guests soloists and instrumentalists are always welcome to provide special music at the regular 10:00 a.m. service. Guests need not be members of the church. The music program seeks to provide a nurturing environment for students seeking a venue as they work on their craft, and to welcome all musicians who wish to contribute to the worship service through their musical talents. Contact Becky Blomgren to arrange practice time and a date.
After many years of using a bass viol to provide music during the Sunday service, the church voted during a special meeting in 1855 to purchase a melodeon. Then, in 1875, General William S. Pierson and his sister Miss Olivia Pierson, the grandchildren of Deacon Abraham Pierson of Killingworth, gave to the church a gift of a beautiful tracker organ. Its builder, Edwin Lafayette Holbrook of
East Medway, Massachusetts, dedicated the pipe organ on September 2, 1875, with an exhibition of the instrument. It is made of black walnut, with pipes decorated in blue and gold. This organ in now of considerable historical value. It was fully restored in 1969, and rededicated with a recital in 1971.
The word deacon comes from the Greek word for servant. Deacons are responsible for the spiritual affairs of the church. At our church the Deacons serve in many capacities of care. These include:
Worship leadership and participation,Visitation to the sick and home-bound, Card ministry, Maintaining the Deacons' Fund, a reserve of money to be used to assist members of the community in an emergency situation.
The Deacons help to bring a sense of community and spirituality to the Sunday worship services. They serve as greeters who welcome visitors; they welcome new members; they assist in the services with baptisms and communion; they read the liturgy during worship; they bring flowers to
the ill and homebound during Christmas and Easter; and the Deacons are very active during Lent and Holy Week observances. The nine Deacons are elected to staggering three year terms.
Our Deacons continue to support the Student Deacon program for our high school students who are members of the church. The program is open to any high school student who would like to apply. Student Deacons enhance all of our faith while giving them the respect they deserve and providing them experiences that will strengthen their readiness for college or work.
Student Deacons occasionally read the liturgy during the worship service and serve communion along side of the Deacons. The requirements for membership in the program are that the student be enrolled in high school grades 10, 11 or 12, and that the student be a member of the church. Any eligible student may join this program by emailing a paragraph telling about themselves to Rev. Martha at marthabays @ aol.com.
The Hospitality Group plans and prepares the many delicious dinners that we put on here at church as an outreach of hospitality to our community. Our dinners not only are fundraisers for the
church, but even more importantly they provide a beautiful fellowship for our members and the extended community around us. Everyone is invited to be a part of this group. Check with the church office for our next Hospitality Group event.
The Wednesday Eves have been an active group at the Congregational Church in Killingworth for over 50 years. The ladies of the Wednesday Eves meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month, September through June, at 1:30 pm in the Parish Hall. New members are always welcome.
On the fourth Wednesday morning of each month from September through June, the Men’s Group meets for coffee, fellowship and rewarding work. They take care of many projects around the church, both big and small, including building our back deck and overhauling the side ramp to the Old Town Hall. New folks are always welcome!
The Women's Fellowship Group meets every Tuesday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, at different members' homes and other various locations in town. This is a wonderful evening of visiting, talking, sharing and laughter. The group provides a great opportunity to develop new friendships and enjoy
the company of other women, on a regular basis or a casual one. Any woman is welcome to come and enjoy! This is a group that exists just for the pleasure of being together. Come visit anytime! Please call the church office at 663-1789 for more information or to find out the week's meeting location.