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First Congregational Church of Burlington

Welcome to First Congregational UCC of Burlington

To RSVP on Sunday – drop by the Church Office after worship.
Otherwise – RSVP by email to [email protected] or call 802.862.5010 ext. 4 and leave a message.


CLICK HERE to read Director of Congregational Life Ava Bilton’s letter about the Summer Bucket List project… there are many ways to get involved – to do good together at First Church and in the community this summer. Step in and make connections – invite a friend to participate with you – find what works for you and enjoy summer together!


‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ on Jazz Sunday:  Ava Bilton, Director of Congregational Life, and vocalist extraordinaire, introduced the “Time of Unburdening” during the June 9 Jazz Sunday worship service with faithful words of prayer and one of the great jazz classics – “Ain’t Misbehavin.”    CLICK HERE  – for a real treat and watch a 2+minute recording.


You are invited to worship in person at First Church at 10am on Sundays in our beautiful Sanctuary at 38 South Winooski Avenue in Burlington OR via the live-stream (or later recording) on the FirstChurchBTV YouTube Channel. Fellowship time follows worship at First Church.

The Rev. Elissa Johnk, Lead Minister

Worshiping virtually?  The link to the Sunday 10am worship live-stream (and later recording) will be posted here:

Worship is live-streamed (and the recording is available later) on the FirstChurchBTV YouTube Channel.  The Order of Worship, Announcements, etc. for Sunday’s worship are updated prior to the worship service weekly and are posted here:



You are invited to Peace Camp!

Do you know that Peace Camp is… four July evenings – multi-generational – College Street UCC & First Church UCC/BTV together – fun – faithful – great food – musical – full of story-telling – inspiring leadership – fun activities – groups for each age level – the Rev. Ken White & the Rev. Elissa Johnk will lead the adult program – contemporary – & not to be missed!
  • CLICK HERE to register as a PARTICIPANT (All ages)
  • CLICK HERE to learn more & register as a VOLUNTEER
  • Paper forms will also be available at the church

CLICK HERE to register as a VOLUNTEER
CLICK HERE to register as a PARTICIPANT (All ages)
Paper forms will also be available at the church

SAVE Monday July 8th – Thursday July 11th for PEACE CAMP 2024

  • Peace Camp – a truly joyful multi-generational experience – will run from July 8 thru 11, 2024 (5 to 7:30pm) and will be a collaborative event with the College Street Congregational Church.  Dinner is included each evening – and activities are organized by age group from the adult group with the Rev. Elissa Johnk and the Rev. Ken White to groups for youth, older and younger elementary and nursery & preschool.
  • Registration and volunteer information will be available soon – meanwhile mark your calendar and plan to participate!
  • CLICK HERE for a quick video glimpse of a “closing campfire” from July 2023.


CLICK HERE to connect to information about participating in 2024!


Monday June 17 at 5:30pm – Annual Women’s Book Group Pot-Luck & Book Pitch Gathering – for details including off-site location information – please contact Book Group Coordinator Janice Clements by email: [email protected]



Bring a chair, breakfast and beverage and enjoy some good company the Burlington waterfront (at the north end near the Coast Guard Station) – RSVP NOT needed.


CLICK HERE to learn more about our two weekly Bible Studies and our June 2024 Grief Group.

  • The Thursday Bible Study Zoom link is posted on the front page of this website every Thursday morning.


RSVP to Lucy Samara, Communications Coordinator


This is an open creative community hosted by the church, who will meet weekly.
Coffee provided, craft supplies are up to you!  Questions? Contact Ava – [email protected]




Each month the Climate Justice team offers articles under the Climate Corner to share ideas about what we can do to help preserve this beautiful world and the life on it that we’ve inherited.

It’s spring and our thoughts are looking forward to lush lawns and bounteous gardens.  The members of the Climate Justice team have looked into how these hopes can be realized without negative impacts on the environment.

Here are a few suggestions regarding lawn fertilizers from our Chittenden County Planning Commission:
https://rethinkrunoff.orgDo your best to keep the fertilizer on your lawn and don’t over fertilize.  As the saying goes, too much of a good thing is too much. Runoff from farms is the largest source of excess nutrients but, runoff from lawns with too much fertilizer is a part of the problem = too much nutrition for the lake.  These nutrients cause cyanobacteria and algae blooms, nursing the growth of “no swimming” signs at beaches instead of growing vegetables and they generally spoil everyone’s enjoyment of the lake. Even moderate rainfall can cause runoff to streets adding to storm water and eventually reaching, and damaging, Lake Champlain water quality.


For a full update about upcoming services, programs and volunteer opportunities – use this LINK to go to “First Church this Week”

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