Sunday, September 22, 2013

375th Anniversary of the First Congregational Church, Hampton, New Hampshire

Sunday, October 13, 2013 is Descendant Sunday at the First Congregational Church in Hampton, New Hampshire.  They are celebrating the 375th anniversary of their founding by the Reverend Stephen Bacchiler with a gathering to celebrate the ancestors.  Anyone who is descended of the founding families of Hampton, New Hampshire is invited to the service at 10am.

The church will bury a time capsule after the worship service, and there will be a list of great places to eat lunch nearby.  After a lunch break, there will be self guided tours of local historical sites nearby and of the newly renovated church building.  The Historical Society will be open that afternoon for visitors and genealogical research.

At 3pm there will be a second church service to give thanks for the "daughter churches" who got their start as Hampton church folks were dismissed to the fast growing population centers of North Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, East Kingston, Kingston, Seabrook and Danville.

The Reverend Deborah Knowlton invites all Hampton descendants and visitors to join her in the celebrations on Sunday, October 13, 2013.  I attended this service last year, and was pleasantly surprised to see how welcoming the parishioners were to descendants, and how much fun it was to stand up for my many New Hampshire seacoast ancestors during the roll call.

First Congregational Church of Hampton
127 Winnacunnet Road
Hampton, New Hampshire
telephone (603) 926- 2837

First Congregational Church
Hampton, NH
On October 16, 1638, Rev. Stephen
Bachiler and fifty five settlers from
Massachusetts laid out Winnacunnet
Planattion and organized what is now
the oldest Congregational society in
New Hampshire and the second oldest
continuous church fellowship in the 
United States. 


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Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. Rev. Stephen sure was an interesting person to come upon while researching.

    Below is a pointer to Founders Park which has a list of names.