No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!
Imagine a community that is as welcoming of God as God is of us, a community that worships, studies, prays, and practices with receptive hunger. Imagine a community that wants to experience the holy, unafraid to dive deep into the paradox and find joy and hope together. Imagine a community that accompanies and supports children, youth and adults on the Way of Jesus. Imagine a community where we all follow our passions and together we unleash our compassion for the good of the world.
This November we celebrate 275 years of worship and ministry in the geographic hub of Granby.
From a paper written by Julie Zlotnick for U.S. History 20 years ago, we read of the important role that First Congregational Church played leading up to and following the establishment of the Town of Granby, Connecticut, in 1786. "The church organization, formerly the Northwest Ecclesiastical Society, had grown out of a group of Simsbury residents who were geographical outsiders." By 1728 there were a significant number of these families who lived far enough away from Simsbury center that traveling to "First Society" of Simsbury, a meeting house built in part with their tax money, was a hardship. And so, in 1736, the "Salmon Brook Society" was formed to meet the religious needs of those living along Salmon Brook and Simsbury Road. Some of the first members included Ann Eliza Holcomb and Daniel Hayes, ancestors of present-day Granby residents.
The first significant decision of the new society was to build their own meeting house on Cemetery Hill and in 1739 a brown 30x40 building was erected. Though the building may not have resembled our present church building ("A stranger said he had seen God's houses, but never one of His barns before"), its location next to the cemetery was considered to be ideal. Our current meeting house, the third, dates to 1834.
Come celebrate with us on November 15 and 16!