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United Church of Christ Congregational Churches Combine Worship Services

(September 16, 2017) — The First Congregational Church of Haddam (FCCH) and Higganum Congregational Church (HCC) are excited to announce that they will be coming together for combined worship services on Sunday mornings in the fall. All Sunday morning worship services will be at 9:30 a.m.  The location will alternate monthly between the two churches with worship at FCCH in September and HCC in October. Our children are enthusiastically looking forward to combining our talents and activities for a vibrant Children’s Education Program. Nursery care is offered at all Sunday morning services. Both church buildings are accessible.

The members of these congregations have historically worked together on special projects such as the Crop Walk, Women’s Retreats and community outreach programs. They have often combined their confirmation classes and some special services. In the past 18 months, the two churches have had monthly shared worship services the first Sunday of the month, as well as Easter and Christmas celebrations.  This past summer they initiated a brief informal worship gathering at the Higganum Gazebo at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

In December of 2016 the Rev. Tomi Jacobs-Ziobro was called to be the pastor of both churches. Pastor Tomi is looking forward to the process of combining worship and other activities as these two churches work together in the coming years. She states, “HCC and FCCH are doing something voluntarily that many faith communities may be forced to do in the future. This is a chance to try new things and learn as we go.”

FCCH and HCC have shared an organist and choir director, Eric Lundin, for more than a year with choir members participating in services at both churches. Anyone wishing to join in singing is welcome — rehearsals are currently held on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. at FCCH.

The First Congregational Church of Haddam is located at 905 Saybrook Road, Haddam (860-345-2741), this is also the location of the Church Office for both congregations. The Higganum Congregational is located at 23 Parsonage Road, Higganum (860-345-4304).