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OVER THE YEARS

A TIMELINE OF WESTFIELD'S HISTORY

THE NAMES OF WESTFIELD CHURCH OVER THE YEARS

THE FIRST CHURCH OF KELLINGLY

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THE NEW CHURCH OF CHRIST IN THE WEST SOCIETY OF KILLINGLY

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THE WESTFIELD ECCLES-IASTICAL SOCIETY

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WESTFIELD CONGREG-ATIONAL CHURCH

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WESTFIELD CONGREG-ATIONAL CHURCH, UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

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WESTFIELD CHURCH

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1715

Founded

John Fisk, a 1702 Harvard graduate, moved to “Kellingly” at the towns request in 1711 with the intent to establish a church. In 1715, the first meetinghouse was completed, and the First Church in Killingly was organized with ten male congregants. Fisk was ordained as its pastor.

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1734

The Great Awakening Reaches Killingly

Church members known as “Separates,” influenced by revivals, request permission to start a church in South Killingly as a more convenient location. This congregation closed its doors in 2021.

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1732

Mary Danielson & the Communion Cup

Mary Danielson donates a silver communion cup to the congregation, still in use today. In 2021, the congregation worked with the Witness Stones Project to learn that the Danielsons gained their wealth in part from the labor of enslaved people. 

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1744

New meeting house

A new, larger meetinghouse was needed. It’s building, however, wasn’t without challenges, and ultimately, it split the congregation. 

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1772

Regular church services discontinued

On the eve of the American Revolution, the First Church in Killingly discontinued regular services after a period of widespread religious declension and decline. 

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1796

A new beginning

 A few former members started a new meeting house (church) building in the “west field,” now North Main St. Some mortgaged homes to raise $3,000 for a continuing support fund. Not yet an organized church and as such is unable to find a pastor. The 1732 Cup is returned to the congregation, cementing its connection to the First Church of Killingly.

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1801

The Westfield Era Begins

 New Church of Christ in the West Society of Killingly  in the west field is organized. The congregation still has no pastor

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1804

First Westfield Pastor

The name Westfield began to be used for church and community. Rev. Gordon Johnson (1804-1809) called as first pastor.

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1812

The Rev. Roswell “Priest” Whitmore Arrives

Whitmore is the historian largely responsible for compling the extensive history of Westfield Church as we know it today. A formative figure for our church and community.

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1854

Construction begins on Current Building

Built on land donated by Captain Samuel Reynolds, the current building was completed in 1855 and built to be a bookend of Main St and the showpiece of Danielson.

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1901

Centennial celebration

Tiffany gives $3,000 toward $10,000 to build Parish House addition to church building. It won’t be completed for another twenty years.

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1937

steeple and front of the church restored

Tiffany gives $3,000 toward $10,000 to build Parish House addition to church building. It won’t be completed for another twenty years.

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1938

The Great Hurricane surprises New England

Less than a year after restoring the steeple, it was toppled by the Great Hurricane that took New England by surprise and devastated the region.

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1960

Westfield formally joins the United Church of Christ

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1970-1979

Westfield Village

In 1970, Westfield votes to sponsor first public housing project for the elderly in the community–Westfield Village. Building and development takes nearly a decade.

The Westfield Village Senior Housing complex is completed and dedicated in 1979.

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2005

soul searching

Westfield enters a 7.5 year long interim period between settled pastors as it discerns its future.

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2012

The Rev. Jonathan Chapman is Called

Originally from Georgia, Rev. Jonathan was called to a part-time position with the shared hope of making it full time within 5 years. That goal was reached in four.

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2014

Westfield Votes to become Open and Affirming

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2014

The ASpire Campaign Begins

After years of defered maintence, an agressive capital campaign is launched to rebuild the steeple, reroof the original building, and retore the historic interior.

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2016

Construction begins, Steeple Stay 2016

The work begins funded by the Aspire Campaign. Funds raised on October 19–the day of our founding–as part of our Steeple Stay event top $55,000 in a day.

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2017

celebrate five years of victorian christmas

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