Shelton church has long history

Huntington UCC is located at 19 Church St. in Shelton/Tracy Simmons - CreedibleSHELTON – For more than 300 years community members have been worshipping with Huntington Congregational Church.

Even before the Victorian-style structure was built in the 1800s, the church was active in the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

Today about 100 people gather in the historic church at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday for worship service.

“We have a very good mix of people, which is one of the things I like about this church,” said Rev. Lucille Fritz, pastor of the Huntington UCC.

She said the congregation is made of young families with children, retired members and middle-aged couples. The church has an active senior high group, which will participate in its first mission project this summer, and has a bustling Sunday School program.

On Sundays, worship is followed with a coffee hour, which Frtiz hopes is a way for visitors to get to know the parish.

The women’s fellowship, she noted, is always working on a special project to raise money for various community organizations.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on here,” she said, adding that Eagle Scouts have been working on various projects on the church property.

This summer the church will host Vacation Bible School in the evenings, which will have a space alien theme this year.

For adults, Fritz said the church hosts regular book study groups. The group, made of about a dozen women from the church, just finished studying The Shack together.

Frtiz said she encourages people to check out Huntington UCC if they are seeking a church to get involved with.

“I think we’re a family-oriented church and are very accepting of folks,” she said.

She described worship as “fun and light.”

“Our worship is traditional, but not formal,” said Fritz, who sings in the church choir.

Huntington UCC is located at 19 Church St. in Shelton. For information visit http://www.huntingtonucc.org or call (203) 929-1223.

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