First Church is a mission oriented church. We financially support the wider mission of the United Church of Christ as well a dozen local Christian services.
For example, we cooperate with the East Hartford YMCA to provide a School Readiness Pre- School program in our facility, giving children of low income families an opportunity to prepare for public education.
The oldest Boy Scout Troop under continuing sponsorship in America, Troop 1, is sponsored by First Church.
The congregation organizes and staffs a week day Food Bank for neighborhood residents in need.
The Human Needs Fund, a town wide resource providing monetary supplements toward rent, medical, and utility expenses for low income families is given an office here and is staffed by a volunteer from the church.
We organize a mission trip each year for senior high youth through GROUP Workcamps, an ecumenical youth housing mission. This year our youth are headed for a workcamp in Kanawha County in West Virginia.