Church of Union
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An Early History
Congregational Church of Union, CT
church at Union was formed on December 13, 1738. The motivation behind the
settlement of the town was the wish of the people to enjoy the privileges
of the gospel. They petitioned the General Assembly as follows:
Early settlers arrived here in 1720, eighteen years before the church was organized. The first settlers left Scotland about the same time the pilgrims and puritans came to New England. Although they were Presbyterians, they joined with the puritans and formed a Congregational Church.
In 1738 the charter members of the church consisted of the Pastor, Ebenezer Wyman, and fifteen males. The church suffered from irregular ministry and dissention for fifty years after its formation, and was without a pastor for twenty-five years, from 1799 to 1824. Preaching was sporadic, and at the low point only seven members remained in the church, although the population was 750—fifty more souls than we have in town in 2006.
first church was located in the “grove” in the center and was also
used for town functions. This particular church was built in 1834 and
dedicated to worship. It was remodeled twice and rededicated on July 25,
1866. At that dedication Dr. Charles Hammond discussed many aspects of
life which are still relevant today. He said: