Worship

July & August Summer Hours
Service 
Sunday, 9:30 AM

Coffee Hour
Sunday, 10:30 AM

** Aug. 9th - Special 9 AM service at Short Beach


September - June
Service & Church School
Sunday, 10 AM

Coffee Hour
Sunday, 11 AM

2301 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615

There is no doubt about it – we are blessed with one unbelievable music program, directed by Dr. Joe Utterback. At First Congregational Church of Stratford, we consider music to be an integral part of worship and outreach to the greater community. Although our music program centers around our outstanding Austin organ and Yamaha grand piano, you’ll frequently find our sanctuary graced with a variety of musical tones, from guitars to flutes to violins.

There are opportunities for children and adults alike in our music programs. We nurture both a Sunday School and adult choir for those who like to sing; a bell choir; and individual participation for those who really want to shine. In addition, our Rose Window Concert series features internationally renowned performers and local artists, as well as our choir.

Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord .... All Ye Lands.

Sunday School Choir
As part of our Sunday School worship experience, our children make a joyful noise each week rehearsing or performing in our sanctuary.

 

 

 Senior Choir
We enjoy the talents of our Senior Choir or individual soloists each Sunday, as well as during our special Advent music program and our Palm Sunday Concert. Dr. Joe welcomes all who have an interest in music to join the Senior Choir rehearsals on Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

Meetinghouse Ringers
If singing isn’t your strongpoint, perhaps you’d like to ring our bells. We have two sets of choir chimes that are frequently accompanied by Dr. Joe on the Zimbelstern (a set of mechanically operated rotating bells mounted in the organ loft among the organ pipes). Meetinghouse Ringers rehearse Mondays at 4:00 PM.

Palm Sunday Oratorio Choir
60-70 singers rehearse for 12 weeks prior to this Palm Sunday event. This special group includes members of the Senior Choir and interested vocalists from churches in the surrounding communities from Fairfield to New Haven. Dr. Joe has composed special music for this concert every year since he began as Music Director in 1996.

Talented Individuals
Dr. Joe encourages and nurtures children and adults alike to share their gifts with the congregation.

The Rose Window Concert Series

Throughout the year, our Director of Music, Dr. Joe Utterback, presents a series of concerts featuring nationally and internationally renown performers, local artists and our choir.

Past concerts have included such acclaimed performers as the Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio, David Allen Wehr, Cynthia Raim and Dr. Andrew Shenton. For the past several years, our beloved tenor Michael Jovovich has drawn a huge crowd with his popular "Michael and Friends" concert.

The Rose Window Concert Series also includes our Fat Sunday New Orleans Jazz service and our annual Palm Sunday Concert.

2015-16 Season

October 4 at 3 PM: Oktoberfest with Allison Fay, soprano; Michael Jovovich, tenor; Beth Palmer, piano; Dr. Joe Utterback, piano; Carol Woodman, alto; and Tom Woodman, baritone

January 2016: Michael and Friends starring Michael Jovovich, tenor, and Dr. Joe Utterback, piano

March 20 at 4 PM: 74th Annual Palm Sunday Concert with Allison Fay, soprano; Michael Jovovich, tenor; Galen Tate, organ; Joshua Toman, flute; Dr. Joe Utterback, conductor and pianist; Carol Woodman, soprano/alto; Tom Woodman, baritone; and the Palm Sunday Concert Choir, including choristers from the First Congregational Church of Stratford, Stratford United Methodist Church and Christ Episcopal Church

Special Appreciation from the Music Committee

On this Choir Appreciation Sunday (June 14, 2015), the Music Committee would like to thank each and every chorister and bell ringer for their tireless devotion of time and energy to make our Sunday services more meaningful and significant.  In addition, we thank them for their participation in our annual Cantata and Palm Sunday concerts, which require additional preparation.

Although we know that our congregation really appreciates all the work and energy that the Senior Choir and the Meetinghouse Ringers put into their preparation of choral music and special hand bell music, it seems appropriate to at least put this into writing.
Therefore, here follows the names of the Senior Choir and also Meetinghouse Ringers.  Please take a minute to thank these choir members for their service when you see them.  They will appreciate hearing from you.
We would also like to especially thank Laurie Delgado and Dr.Joe for their unselfish and continuing effort in preparation and terrific results as they work with the Sunday School choir.  
Soprano                                                       Tenor
Arlene Bernor                                               Michael Jovovich
Allison Fay                                                   Marion Speer
Shirley Porter                                               Rich Elias
Lynne Preto-Rodas 
Sue Linden
Kathie Powell
Alto                                                             Bass/Baritone
Gerry Dunbar                                               Paul Bernor
Sandy Kish                                                   Jack Strother
Lynn Southard
Gale Whittemore
Stephanie Zaczkowski
Meetinghouse Ringers
Sandy Kish, Mike Morra, Frances Morra, Michelle Morra, Stephanie Morra, Megan Morra, Ryne Morra, Shirley Porter, Gale Whittemore, Bonnie Huey, Bonnie's sister Greta, Dr. Joe Utterback, (Charlotte Severance, Emerita)
(Any combination of the Ringers have participated throughout the current church season)