Current and Upcoming Events

Annual Pot Roast Dinner, Saturday, December 2, 2023

A delicious pot roast dinner, prepared by the FCCB CONGO COOKS!  Once again, order your dinners in advance, and pick up via drive-by on 12/2 from 4 to 6 pm.  Click the button below for more information!

Previous Events - and - Future Events

FCCB Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 8th at 1 pm

Join us on Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 1 pm on the lawn at FCCB for a "Blessing of the Animals" event.  All are welcome - please have your pets on a leash or in a carrier for their safety, and the safety of others!

Church Open House Saturday, October 7th between 11 am - 2 pm

Are you looking for a caring community?

Do you want to make a difference?

Do you feel like something is missing?

Are you searching for a new inclusive, welcoming and friendly faith community changing lives and sharing God's love?

You can find all that at First Congregational Church of Bethel, UCC.


 Join us Saturday, October 7th anytime between 11 am and 2 pm for a time to explore the church, meey Pastor Ryan, the highly-talented Dana (Music Director), and the congregation,enjoy lunch and more. 

FCCB Blood Drive

First Congregational Church of Bethel will hold a Blood Drive on Friday, September 29th from 12 to 5 pm, in partnership with the American Red Cross.  Appointments are available - please register at - more information can be found by clicking the button below.

Blessing of the Bags

Join FCCB on Sunday, September 17th for a special "Blessing of the Bags"!  Please click the button below to learn more!

Children's Festival Saturday, August 12th

Fun for the whole family!  Join us Saturday, August 12th from 11 am to 2 pm.  Marvel at the balloon artist.  Get crafty.  Enjoy the yummy food.  Listen to amazing storytelling.  Brighten yours and everyone's day with a stop at the face painting station.  Test your skills with a variety of games.  Both of the local volunteer fire departments and the Bethel police department have been invited again this year.  For more information call 203-743-1877.  Don't miss it!

Outdoor Worship on

August 13th

This summer we will worship outside on the Lawn at First Church Bethel on August 13th at 10 am.  You are welcome to bring a comfortable chair or use ours.  Wear your comfortable clothes and immerse yourself in creation as we celebrate the unconditional Love of God.

All Church Picnic Sunday, June 11th

You are invited to the all Church PIcnic at FCCB.  During worship at 10 am we will welcome New Members and say Thank You to our amazing life changing Sunday School Leaders as we conclude Sunday School program for the School Year.  Join us for fun on the Church Lawn!

Church Lawn Tag Sale

FCCB's annual Tag Sale will take place on Saturday, June 10th!  Start saving your "good junk"!  More information by clicking the button below.

Bethel Pride Parade and Celebration

June 3rd

We are allies of the Bethel LGBTQ+ Community and participate in the annual parade.  This year's Pride Parade will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023.  More information about FCCB's participation in the parade and celebration can be found by clicking the "More Info" button below.

Bethel Community

Earth Day

Join FCCB and the town of Bethel, in cooperation with Bethel Parks & Rec, Bethel Land Trust, Sustainable Bethel & the Bethel Volunteer Fire Department, brings the Annual Earth Day celebration back to the Municipal Center lawn!  Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd - visit the Facebook event page for more information, and visit the Bethel Community Earth Day Facebook page for ongoing enviromental events.

Easter Service

Join us to celebrate the unconditional Love of God, as we celebrate Christ's resurrection through word, song and Holy Communion at 10 am Easter morning on Sunday, April 9th.


All are welcome to receive Communion, no matter your tradition.

Easter Sunrise Service

Rise early to celebrate Easter and meet our Risen Savior in the rising sun!  Join us at 6:15 am, Sunday, April 9th at Putnam Park Pond.  All are welcome!

Good Friday

Cross Walk

On Good Friday, April 7th, you are invited to journey through the heart of Bethel as we walk our faith and take part in the ancient practice of the Stations of the Cross.  .   Beginning at 12 noon at 227 Greenwood Avenue and finishing at First Congregational Church of Bethel, with a light lunch to follow.

Maundy Thursday Service

You are invited to an evening service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae on Thursday, April 6th.  We begin the service at 7 pm.  All are welcome to receive Communion, no matter your tradition.  We will leave the service in darkness and quiet.

Curbside Palm Distribution

Join us for an afternoon of fellowship as we pass out Palms to passersby near First Congregational Church of Bethel.  We will pass out Palms from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, April 1, 2023.  Youth are invited to meet at noon for lunch and fun, as the fun continues with distributing Palms.

Lenten Book Study

Join us on Wednesdays (3/8, 3/15, 3/22 and 3/29) on Zoom during Lent, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, as we read "How to Begin When Your World Is Ending" by the Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette.  More information on the Book Study page.

FCCB Drive-By Corned Beef Dinner 

Join us on Saturday, March 11, 2023 for a drive-by corned beef dinner!  Details and flyer on the corned beef dinner event page.

Service of Installation

You are formally invited to the Service of Installation for the Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer as Pastor and Teacher at First Congregational Church of Bethel, UCC.  This special service is for everyone; church community, community folks; ecumenical partners, Association churches, and more.  Join us Sunday, March 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm.  A reception will follow the service.

Ashes to Go!

Along with St. Thomas Episcopal Church, we will be offering Ashes to Go on Ash Wednesday, February 22nd from 7 to 9 am in front of Molten Java, 213 Greenwood Avenue in downtown Bethel.  If you are so moved, please stop by to receive your ashes.

Christmas Eve Service

Join us for our Christmas Eve family service on Saturday, December 24th at 4 pm!  We will hear and sing about the birth of Jesus!  All are welcome!

Advent Services

Join us for Advent Services:

  • 1st Sunday November 27, 10:00 AM Worship
  • 2nd Sunday December 4, 10:00 AM Worship
  • 3rd Sunday December 11, 10:00 AM Worship
  • 4th Sunday December 18, 10:00 AM Worship

"Letters to Santa" family event Saturday, December 10, 2022

Join us on Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 12 to 2 pm for a visit with Santa!  Click the button below for more information!

Celebration of Love Event

Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 1 to 3:30 pm for a special Celebration of Love for the whole family!  Watch for next year's event!

COVID-19 Information

Current information on how the pandemic is being addressed, particularly how it affects church events.

Vacation Bible School

Bring your kids out for the start of Vacation Bible School!  We will have a ton of fun this summer playing games, doing arts and crafts, and most importantly learning about Jesus!