New Milford church kicks off 300th anniversary

It’s a big year for the First Congregational Church in New Milford. The historic white church on the Village Green is celebrating its 300th anniversary. In addition, the church’s pipe organ marks its 50th year. A variety of programs will be offered throughout the year to mark the milestone.

The church’s Vacation Bible School program kicked off the celebration last month with a luau-themed family event. The program featured stations with arts, crafts, games and music. The evening culminated with a Hawaiian-inspired dinner. Future one-night VBS family events, which are open to the public, will be held Feb. 27 and April 30, and the church’s annual summer VBS will be held in June.

In addition, an organ recital with Jason Roberts, associate organist at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York, and a screening of the silent film “The Navigator” will be held March 11 at 7 p.m., followed by a reception. Other celebratory offerings will include a Memorial Day parade float May 30, a touch-a-truck fundraiser June 18, a choir appreciation event June 26, a barn dance and dinner at Harris Hill Farm Oct. 8, a catered lunch with Nigel Mumford and a prayer service Oct. 23 and a 300th celebration service Nov. 21.

For more information and RSVP to the VBS events, contact 860-354-8232.

Photography by Deborah Rose