The oldest church in Greenwich celebrated a milestone on Mother’s Day. “For three and a half centuries you have provided comfort to our community in times of war, poverty, and sorrow while touching the hearts and minds of thousands who have learned many of life’s precious and valuable lessons from you,” said State Representative Mike Bocchino. May 10th marked the beginning of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich's year long celebration of 350 years in the town.
The formation of the church and the founding of the Town of Greenwich are closely tied. "On May 11th, 1665 our Church was finally chartered by the State of Connecticut, and in those days the rule was that there was no separation of Church and State. You could only have a town declared if there was a Church." said church historian Pat Larrabee.
Pictured are Drew Marzullo, Selectman; Scott Franz, State Senator; Mike Bocchino, State Representative; John Toner, Selectman; Lile Gibbons, Former State Representative; Davidde Strackbein, Chair of Greenwich 375th Anniversary Committee; Pat Mendelsohn, Chair of First Church 350thAnniversary Committee; and the Rev. Dr. Michael Ciba, Southwest Senior Regional Minister, Connecticut Conference United Church of Christ.
First Congregational Church Youth Choir
Music by The Cherub Choir
Photos provided by Phoebe Griffith, Gary Lico and Barbara Wilkov, all of First Congregational Church