First Congregational Church of Bethel

“It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.”

(Daniel 2:21)

The history of our church

The First Congregational Church of Bethel was gathered in 1759.  Captain Ebenezer Hickok granted land for the building and burial ground.  Among the members of the early church was showman P.T. Barnum.

The original church burned down in 1842, and was rebuilt.  In 1865 the spire of the new building fell in a strong wind.  The meeting house was sold to the town and moved to the other side of the burial ground.  The congregation built a new structure on the site of the original meeting house, where we continue to worship today