Berlin Congregational Church
Berlin CT

06037-3203

Tumblr
LinkedIn
Reddit
XING
WhatsApp
VK
Telegram


Who we are

Located on historic Worthington Ridge, the Berlin Congregational Church has been a beacon of faith and hope in our community since 1775.

Today, we are a welcoming community that celebrates Christ through faith, worship, fellowship and service. Whether you are seeking a spiritual connection, deeper study of the Bible, Christian education for a growing family or an opportunity to join us for fellowship, our doors and hearts are open to you.

We fully understand the roles that faith and worship have in today's busy 24/7 world, and we'll support and nurture you no matter where you are on your faith journey.



Church Address

Berlin Congregational Church
878 Worthington Ridge
Berlin, CT 06037-3203
United States
Phone: 860-828-6586
Download vCard with Service Times   Edit

Church Pastor

Pamela Rose Vollinger
Pamela Rose Vollinger
Pastor
878 Worthington Ridge
Berlin, CT 06037-3203
United States
Phone: 860-828-6586
Download Pastor Pamela Rose Vollinger vCard with Bio   Edit



Quote of the Day
1 Corinthians 3:9

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

Denomination


Affiliations

  Edit

Church Website


Social media



Leadership

Leader Name:
Pamela Rose Vollinger   Edit
Leader Position:
Pastor   Edit
Formal Title:
  Edit
Leader Address:
  Edit
Tel:
Fax:
  Edit
Leader Email:
Leader Bio:
Pastor Pam grew up in Berlin and graduated from Berlin High School. She was baptized, confirmed and married in the Berlin Congregational church, where she was very active in Sunday School, Bell Choir, Choir, and Youth Group. After she married her husband, Gary, in 1980 she moved to East Hartford where they raised a son and a daughter.

Pastor Pam graduated from Yale Divinity School with a Master’s of Divinity in 2000. Prior to going to Yale she worked as a Licensed Physical Therapist in various settings in the greater Hartford area after earning her degree in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College in 1977.

The Reverend Pamela Rose Vollinger was ordained by the United Church of Christ in 2001. She has worked in a number of pastoral roles since that time, including serving at Groton Congregational Church, Fishers Island Union Chapel, Center Congregational Church Manchester, and Enfield Congregational Church.

Pastor Pam has a special interest in the healing ministry of the church and Celtic Spirituality. She is currently completing Mercy By the Sea’s Spiritual Direction Practicum where she is training to become a Spiritual Director. She has done extensive continuing education in Gestalt for Pastoral Care. She enjoys time with family and friends, reading, walking, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, canoeing, and traveling.   Edit
  Edit
Other Church Leaders:
  Edit

Leadership Photos



Administration

Admin Name:
Peggy Embardo   Edit
Admin Position:
Church Secretary   Edit
Admin Address:
  Edit
Tel:
Fax:
  Edit
Admin Email:

Mailing Address

  Edit

Driving Directions

A From:
B To:
878 Worthington Ridge, Berlin, CT
Mode of Travel:




Travel/Directions Tips

Know how to get there? Share the knowledge with others!   Edit


Parking

  Edit


Berlin Congregational Church Service Times

Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. Fellowship Coffee Hour following

Communion Every Sunday 9:45 a.m.

Berlin Congregational Church service times last updated on the 1st of June, 2018
print
PRINT
increase font size
ZOOM
add to calendar
ICAL
subscribe to updates
SUBSCRIBE
  Edit


Share this page:
Tumblr
LinkedIn
Reddit
XING
WhatsApp
VK
Telegram


Worship Languages

  Edit


Dress Code

  Edit


Sunday School / Children and Youth Activities

Under 12s:
  Edit
Under 18s:
  Edit

Local outreach & community activities

  Edit

Other activities & ministries

  Edit

Special Needs/Accessibility

  Edit

Prayers and Hymns

Main Bible:
  Edit
Hymns and Songs:
  Edit


Other information

Average Adult Congregation:
  Edit
Average Youth Congregation:
  Edit
Additional Info:
  Edit


Church Photos




History of Berlin Congregational Church, Berlin CT

The History Congregational Church of Berlin CT

This church was organized in 1775, three years after the Kensington parish was finally split and our Worthington parish established — the division made necessary by sixty-five years of wrangling among Kensington church members over location of the meeting house, travel difficulties for those on the parish outskirts, Ecclesiastical Society taxes and assessments and various other petty jealousies and squabbles between the residents of the eastern and western sections of the town.

In October, 1774, the thirty-eight farmers and artisans who, with their families, made up the original membership dedicated their new meetinghouse, a building which still stands 200 yards to the north and on the opposite side of the street from our current church building. That first building was partially destroyed by a fire in 1848, a fire thought to have been set by someone in violent disagreement with the stern temperance sentiments of the church leadership in those days. The building was rebuilt, minus the steeple at the north end, and sold to the town. Since then it has been used as a Town Hall, a grammar school, and school administration offices. The old building is now empty and is owned by the Berlin Historical Society.

The fire prompted the congregation to build a new church structure, the present meetinghouse. Remodeling went on for several years—the balconies were added and a taller steeple was built over the original, which everyone had decided was too small and out-of-proportion. A large addition was added at the rear in 1900 and then in 1950 the building was completely renovated, the pipe organ moved away from the front to the side, and all the dark woodwork painted white—the church as we know it today.

For more than a century after its founding, the Berlin Congregational Church, guided by its pastors and deacons and following the stern traditions of our Puritan forefathers, provided community leadership backed by unyielding moral and ethical values and faith in the history and spirit of congregationalism. Members covenanted with each other to keep “brotherly watch” over their fellows. Sinners and back-sliders were relentlessly pursued, prayed over and urged to reform.

Vast changes since those “simpler” days have lessened the influence of religion in modern American society—our membership today is approximately half what it was at the beginning of the 20th century. Most of New England’s independent Congregational Churches, including this one, were absorbed into the United Church of Christ in the 1950s and social concerns occupy a portion of the church’s agenda these days, in contrast to the more traditional emphasis on the individual’s relationship to God. But like everything else, these things go in cycles, and Bible-based preaching and evangelism are again gaining popularity as we find ourselves in the 21st century. Thus, we can still appreciate the words of the original 1775 covenant and endeavor to live up to them, even in this busy and hectic age:

“And we do now openly and solemnly dedicate and give up ourselves to God… to be guided by His Spirit, to be ruled by Him…trusting by the assistance of the Blessed Spirit that we will live soberly, righteously and Godly all the days of our lives.”   Edit


Historical Photos

Page administrator

Contact Email:

The power of Christian prayer Grant us grace
0 Lord our God, grant us grace to desire Thee with our whole heart; that, so desiring, we may seek, and seeking find Thee; and so finding Thee may love Thee; and loving Thee, may hate those sins from which Thou hast redeemed us.
Berlin Congregational Church listing was last updated on the 1st of June, 2018
Subscribe to Updates
Please enter the correct information below. Thank you!
Subject:
Message:
Your Name:
Your Email:
This church page is missing service times. Please help this page visitors by submitting Berlin Congregational Church Service Times. Thank you!
Subject:
Berlin Congregational Church service times
Message:
Your Name:
Your Email:
Berlin Congregational Church Contact Form
Subject:
Your Name:
Your Email:
Message:
Subscribe to updates:
check this box to receive an email message when this page has been modified
Subscribe to Berlin Congregational Church updates
Subject:
Subscription to Berlin Congregational Church updates
Your Name:
Your Email:
As soon as Berlin Congregational Church updates this page, you'll be notified by email.
Go to top arrow Go to bottom arrow