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Westbrook Congregational Church is a welcoming and inclusive community that embraces and celebrates all who seek to love and serve God. As followers of Christ, we believe in giving love and support to all people and affirming their sacred worth. Our church is dedicated to sharing the love of Christ through ministry, fellowship, and worship. Our community puts faith into practice by sharing our gifts and spreading God's love. WCC is a hub of activity, functioning in many ways as a community center, housing worship, yoga, music classes, faith formation classes, and a Spanish-speaking congregation. We are also a partner with recovery support group programs and Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries as an active hot meal site.  

WCC is an Open and Affirming Church in the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ. Locally, we collaborate with Essex and Old Saybrook Congregational Churches through our Youth Group, joint worship services, and events throughout the year. We are proud members of the Middlesex Association of UCC Churches and the Valley Shore Ecumenical Congregations.

As a United Church of Christ congregation, we hold four distinct characteristics.

Christian: We declare ourselves part of the Body of Christ—the Christian church. We continue the witness of the early disciples to the reality and power of Christ. 

Reformed: The UCC was established in 1957, from the foundation of the Protestant Reformers. We believe in the authority of one God and that Scripture still speaks to us in our present times. Past interpretations do not limit our study of the scriptures or use of traditions, but they are engaged with new insights and God’s help for living today. We have highly educated, ordained ministers whose calling is to guide, instruct, and enable the ministry of all Christians rather than do the ministry work for us. We celebrate two sacraments: baptism and Holy Communion. 

Congregational:  The basic unit of the United Church of Christ is the congregation. Members of each congregation covenant with one another and God, as revealed in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Congregations exist in trusting covenantal relationships to form larger structures, including Associations and Conferences, for more effective work. 

Evangelical: The church's primary task is proclaiming the Gospel, another way of saying evangelism. The Gospel means the “Good News” of God’s love revealed through Jesus Christ. This proclamation is the heart of our worship and community life. We gather to worship God, engage in service, and proclaim hope through our words and actions.

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