At the First Congregational Church, UCC of Walton, NY, you will find a welcoming congregation exploring their faith together. We are all inclusive and work to make a difference in our community and beyond.
Through worship, thoughtful discussions, and sincere fellowship – no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
Our faith is 2000 years old—our thinking is not.
We believe in God’s continuing testament. That is why we are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. We try to remain attentive to God’s creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive and your head and your heart are both welcomed into our places of worship.
We believe in Extravagant Welcome.
This is why we believe that God’s communion table is open—not closed and God’s gift and claim of Baptism are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Our Congregations offer hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love.
Changing lives individually, systematically, and globally.
We believe the church’s mission is to change lives individually, systematically, and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God’s grace.
We are not perfect but we try to be faithful.
We are known for arriving early on issues of inclusivity and justice. We were the first to ordain:
- an African-American pastor (1785);
- a woman (1853);
- an openly gay person (1972);
- the first to affirm same gender marriage equality (2005).
We believe faith requires tenderness and courage. A kind of big love that changes peoples lives – in our churches but also in our world around us.
We call it religion with relevance.