Welcome to First Church, West Hartford

We live by our slogan: Living in Spirit, Committed to Service, Open to All. We think worship should be fun and interesting, with music to stir the spirit. We offer events that rival any local arts venue or library! And your kids will love our teachers and kids’ programs. Come visit us!


Worshiping in five different meetinghouses since the beginning, First Church of Christ has stood at the center of community life in West Hartford, CT for over 300 years. Founded in 1713 as the “established church” of the West Division of Hartford, the congregation helped to shape the religious, political, and educational life of the town. We opened a preschool in 1941 which welcomes children of all faiths and backgrounds (First Church Academy for Young Children), and in 1978 we added the John P. Webster Library, a spiritual resource center open to the public.

Living in Spirit • Committed to Service • Open to All

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Spirituality in practice and celebration of the Holy One among us through worship, faith formation, and music.

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We play an integral part of the community, through outreach, mission, service, communications, and marketing.


JPW Library

Our Library offers a range of books, media resources, and online programs. Drop by to say hello and sign up for a library card!


First Church Academy

First Church Academy for Young Children provides a consistent and nurturing environment encouraging the growth of the whole child.

No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here

See more images on the following pages: Photo Gallery and Church Family News.


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