On Sunday, May 10, at 10 a.m., The First Congregational Church of Greenwich, the oldest church in town, will be kicking off a year-long celebration of its 350th Anniversary.
During the annual Music & Friendship Sunday, they also will be celebrating the start of this milestone year for the church and the town of Greenwich, which is celebrating its own anniversary in 2015. The celebration will take place in the church’s historic Meetinghouse and there will be a special reception outside following the service.
Several local and state dignitaries will be in attendance including Greenwich Selectmen, John Toner and Drew Marzullo, State Representatives Fred Camillo and Mike Bocchino, who will be reading a special declaration from the State General Assembly, and possibly First Selectman Peter Tesei, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representative Jim Himes.
History of First Congregational Church
Rendering of First Church in 1735.
In the beginning … On a summer day in 1640 a small group of families landed on what is now Old Greenwich, seeking to build a community in the uneasy no-man’s land between English New Haven and Dutch New Amsterdam. The Town of Greenwich dates its founding to when these first settlers “bought” land from the native people in 1640 and, so, the town is celebrating 375 years in 2015. Even though church services were held in the homes of these settlers in early years, it took another 25 years before the church and town were chartered by the General Assembly in Hartford, and Greenwich officially became a town. “The First Church of Christ in Greenwich” was also established at that time. Today, after more than three centuries of mergers among churches seeking to be both united and unifying, it is part of the United Church of Christ and known as The First Congregational Church of Greenwich in Old Greenwich.