United Church of Christ
Located in the small picturesque New England town of East Woodstock, CT the East Woodstock Congregational Church (EWCC) has been a welcoming, warm and friendly congregation since 1831.
Boasting roots that date all the way back to 1690, the congregation was part of the first Church in Woodstock. Looking for something more the congregation set out on their own and separated from the “Northern Parish” in 1760.
As Woodstock grew the congregation searched for a place to build a more permanent meeting house. A disagreement arose over the site selection and the congregation split into what is now the North Woodstock and East Woodstock Congregational churches. Our church has stood on the same site ever since.
In 1938, East Woodstock and most of Connecticut was hit with a major hurricane. After the storm left the congregation was stunned to find the church building had been demolished. The church steeple dropped right through the roof destroying everything. Everything that is except the Frazee Pipe organ. Only four pipes were out of place. You can still see the dents where these pipes gently rested on the altar.
This miracle provided the impetus to rebuild the church to its existing structure. The pipe organ still leads us in song every Sunday as a testament to that congregation.
It was in 1961 that the church congregation voted to become part of the United Church of Christ (UCC). Merging with the Congregational Christian, Evangelical and Reformed Churches. We celebrate where we have been but today we look to the future.
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East Woodstock Congregational Church is Open and Affirming.
Everyone is welcome here. Really.
Our Statement of Welcome
The East Woodstock Congregational Church gathers as the people of God to worship and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a church, we welcome and affirm all persons of every race, age, gender, family structure, physical or mental ability, economic status, faith back-ground, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity into the full life and ministry of this community of faith, including membership and leadership.
We welcome and embrace the gifts that each child of God brings to the life of our congregation. As an Open and Affirming church, we join our sisters and brothers in the United Church of Christ and all persons who are committed to the struggle for justice, love and inclusiveness, with the example and teachings of Jesus Christ as our guide. Approved by the Congregation on March 13, 2011
What is Open and Affirming (ONA)?
What does that mean for East Woodstock Church?
It means that everyone is welcome here. Our congregation would like to extend an extravagant welcome to all of God’s children. We believe that Jesus ministered to all of God’s people and we want to do the same. We want people who are straight, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgendered to know that they will receive a welcome at the East Woodstock Congregational Church.
The Fourth of July Jamboree
The Fourth of July Jamboree has been held on the East Woodstock Common since July 4, 1957. It is a celebration of our independence featuring a chicken barbecue at 11:30am, and a parade at 2pm.
The Jamboree is a much-anticipated event every year. This old-fashioned celebration reminds us of a simpler time. So come with us and step back in time as we celebrate the brave people who have gone before us.
The public is invited to come and enjoy live entertainment, children’s games, contests, food, and much more. The Jamboree is a major fundraiser for the church; all the money raised supports our programs of Christian education, music, and community outreach.