Welcome to Center Church on the Green!

A beautiful and historic church, located on the green in downtown New Haven, Connecticut. Please use the links at the top to explore the different sections of our website and learn some of what Center Church offers. Clicking the home link will always take you back here.

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Welcome to The First Church of Christ in New Haven, or Center Church on the Green, as it is often called, a beautiful and historic church, located downtown on New Haven’s historic Green. Our roots go back to 1638, when the Puritans and their minister, The Rev. John Davenport, came here to found a colony and a church.  As the founding church of New Haven, the people of Center Church have been walking together in faith for more than three centuries.  We continue to honor our historic mandate of bringing the love and hope of Jesus Christ to New Haven and its surrounding communities by offering meaningful worship services with beautiful music and thought-provoking sermons. We are a people whose faith is in process, and we honor and respect the questions as much as the answers. We believe a loving and gracious God calls us to use our minds along with our hearts and spirits, so if you are a seeker, we invite you to seek Christ with us.

We hope you will join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 10 A.M.  Our sanctuary is stunning in its simple beauty; our organ and choir offer uplifting music, and the sermons challenge us to think and grow in faith.  There are opportunities for study, service and friendship.  We also have weekly Sunday school classes for children during the adult worship time.  Join us, if you can, but whether or not you visit, we thank you for taking the time to visit our website.  May God’s grace in Jesus Christ bless and encourage you on your path toward a full and abundant life.

The Reverend Sandra L. Olsen


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Center Church is a registered New Haven Connecticut Landmark and a congregation of the United Church of Christ.