Welcoming All, Seeking Justice, Finding God

First Congregational Church of Burlington

WORSHIP at First Church or Online:

You are invited to worship with First Church at 10am on Sundays in our Sanctuary at 38 South Winooski Avenue in Burlington OR on the FirstChurchBTV YouTube Channel. Worship services are live-streamed at 10am on Sundays on and the recordings are available on our YouTube channel anytime following the worship service. Fellowship time follows worship at First Church and online on Zoom) following the live-stream of worship.


All are  invited to worship at 10am on Sunday May 29 – in person at First Church – or remotely via the live stream (or later recording) on our YouTube Channel. 

The Rev. Elissa Johnk will lead worship on May 29 –  Music Director Amy Shortt will lead music – and at 11am – following the worship service our Vision Team will present Vision Proposals for Vote!

CLICK HERE to learn more about this week’s Vision Proposal Voting.


Worshiping at First Church on Sunday at 10am?

  • We welcome all to worship in the beautiful Sanctuary at First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington – 38 South Winooski Avenue.  All (over age 2) are asked to wear masks in the building.
    • CLICK HERE for information about worship, music and programs for children and youth. Nursery/Toddler/PreSchool childcare is available at 10am. Church School for grades K thru 5 starts after the “Word of God for Sm(All) Ages.
    • CLICK HERE for our most up to date gathering guidelines.

Worshiping Remotely on Sunday May 29 at 10am?

  • Our YouTube Channel – FirstChurchBTV YouTube Channel –  has both the 10am live stream of worship and recordings of all past worship services.
  • Check back here on Sunday morning to find linked copies of the Order of Worship, Announcements, and Celebrations & Prayers.  You will also find Zoom  links for the virtual Church School option for children worshiping from home – and for the after worship virtual fellowship on Zoom.
    • CLICK HERE to submit names of graduates to be celebrated on Sunday June 5
    • CLICK HERE for Peace Camp Registration (July 2022 – all ages!)
    • CLICK HERE to volunteer to help make Peace Camp run!
  • Visiting First Church in person or remotely? Complete our Welcome Card using this LINK
  • Giving to First Church? For more information use this LINK


Interested in watching past worship services?

CLICK HERE for the “Sermons Online” page of this website – giving you access to video recordings of many past worship services at First Church.


We have two upcoming Friday night – 6:30-8pm – fun middle & high school youth events – and a youth service experience planned:

    • May 27 – at 6:30pm at First Church is Preview Night – all middle and high school youth – and those completing 5th grade are invited! and…
    • June 10 – at 6:30pm at the College Street Church – is a Scavenger Hunt!
    • June YES – Youth Experience in Service for Middle & High School Youth – We’re planning a great service experience for youth during the week of June 20, 2022:

  • For more information – please contact Hilah Clarke, Director of Faith Formation, at [email protected]


INCLUDE PEACE CAMP in your SUMMER PLANS: Mark your calendar for Peace Camp 2022 – from July 11 – 14, 5 to 7:30pm. Peace Camp promises four great evenings in community.  This collaborative event – for all ages and generations – with the College Street Church is a fun, faithful, musical and meaningful!

Peace Camp Needs YOU!

Yes, plans are underway for a great summer Peace Camp for all ages!

The music and fun – the welcoming evening dinner – the interesting activities for all age levels from nursery to preschool, elementary and older youth – and an adult group – can’t happen without a a volunteer crew!

We are collaborating with the College Street Church for Peace Camp and both congregations are seeking volunteers to sign up – we need you to make Peace Camp happen!


THE WOMEN’S BOOK GROUP READING LIST for 21-22: The Women’s Book Group met in June to share ideas for books to discuss this year.  Their selections are linked HERE.  Book discussions are scheduled for the 4th Monday of the month at 7pm – on Zoom.    The next books are:  

  • May 23 (7pm on Zoom) Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence by Diana Butler Bass

Contact organizer Janice Clements to be added to the book group e-list for the Zoom link.


Sunday June 5: Pentecost Worship at 10am
High School Senior Sunday
Welcome Joan O’Gorman!
The Rev. Joan Newton O’Gorman, who will serve as our “Parental Leave Pastor” during the summer months, will begin her ministry with us, co-leading worship with the Rev. Elissa Johnk on Pentecost Sunday June 5!  CLICK HERE to read the Rev. Joan O’Gorman’s full biography.We will celebrate our 2022 Graduates on Sunday June 5 during the worship service.
CLICK HERE for the online form to submit names of students – yourself or those in your immediate or extended family – completing 8th grade, graduating from high school, or completing advanced degrees or certificate programs.  Names are requested by June 1!

Silent Vigil for Racial Justice:  Bring a sign and gather in solidarity on Sunday June 5 from 1 to 1:30 on the front lawn at church.


Jazz Sunday !


Plans are taking shape for a joy-filled Jazz Sunday Worship Service on June 12 at 10am!

The Onion River Jazz Band will play and ice cream will be scooped!  Mark your calendar for June 12.






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