Welcoming Statement

We, The First Congregational Church of Portland, Connecticut, are an Open and Affirming church.  With God’s grace, we continue to be a congregation that includes persons of every race, ethnicity, age, family configuration, marital status, mental and physical ability, economic status, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.  All are welcome to share in the life, sacraments, missions, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our community of faith

Meet the Pastor











Rev. Jane Hawken


“Together as a congregation, we endeavor to grow in love for God and one another and to attend to the needs of the world. As a minister, I strive to help people deepen and relate their Christian faith to their daily lives. One way this happens is through worship with all its components of scripture and sacrament, silence and speaking, music and prayer. It is my hope and prayer that worship will grant people a sense of the eternal, the infinite, and the holy.”




Our Staff










Office Manager - Margaret Stewart



Director of Christian Education - Ann Labby



Music Director and Organist - Kasha Breau


Church History


First Congregational Church was founded October 25, 1721 when early settlers formed what was then known as the Third Society of Middletown, later called Chatham and now known as Portland. The present church building is the third meetinghouse and was dedicated on December 18, 1850. The original Gothic revival style has changed over the years, but still stands as a tangible living link to the past.  First Congregational Church joined the United Church of Christ in 1961.