The First Congregational Church of Lyme Welcomes You!

We will be holding our Fall Rummage Sale at the church on Saturday, September 18.  The church will only be accepting donations of children’s clothing, children’s toys, books and games.  NO ADULT CLOTHING WILL BE ACCEPTED.  You can drop off your donations from Monday, September 13 to Thursday, September 16 between 10 AM and 2 PM daily and on Thursday night from 6 PM to 8 PM.  Thank you for your continued support of our church on the hill!

Our pastors: 

Rev. Susan K. Olson is our settled pastor

Emily Bjornberg is our lay minister.

We will return to in-person worship services beginning June 6, 2021.  You can continue to find our worship service online at one of the following sites every Sunday at 10 AM.

COVID GUIDELINES for reopening our church:   please follow these guidelines until further notice…..

Masks – No mask required if fully vaccinated. A mask is required if not fully vaccinated. Honor system; we’re not going to ask.
Traffic flow – We are using a one-way flow.  Entering the sanctuary from the front door, take the stairs to the right. Exiting the sanctuary, take the stairs to the right (the opposite stairway from entering).
Passing of the peace – We will not celebrate the passing of the peace for now.  We will revisit it later this summer.
Seating – Maintain a reasonable distance (at least six feet), alternate pews, etc.
Singing – We will not sing in the sanctuary for June. Humming is allowed.  We will revisit this later this summer.
Coffee hour – Only if weather permits so it can be held outside.  No inside coffee hours for now.

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Located at the corner of Route 156 and  Sterling City Road in Lyme, Connecticut, our church gathers every Sunday at 10 am to worship and come to know God better. The church is part of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ and declared itself to be Open & Affirming in 2011 with the following statement: We, the members of the First Congregational Church of Lyme, CT, interpreting the Bible in the context of its time and following the teachings and example of Jesus, declare our church to be an Open and Affirming church, actively expressing Jesus’ inclusive embrace of all people.  We acknowledge God’s acceptance of every individual and Jesus’ commandment to love one another. Therefore, this church welcomes heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals to worship and enter into the full life and ministry of our church.  In our community of faith, all people are encouraged to participate and share their talents and energy in worship and sacraments, leadership positions, ordained ministry, lay ministry, learning, service, mission, and fellowship.  Further, persons of every gender, mental and physical ability, age, race, nationality, economic and social status, faith background, marital standing, and family structure are welcome in our church community; and the First Congregational Church of Lyme invites all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, blessings, and joys of our congregation.

We are young…

… we are old.

We are rich…

… we are poor.

We are seekers…

… we are certain.

We are progressive…

… we are traditional.

We are residents of Connecticut.

… we are citizens of the world.

We are pilgrims…

… we are shepherds.

We are connected…

… we are connecting