In New London, Two Churches And Three Cultures Unite To Form One Congregation
First Baptist Church of New London and First Hispanic Baptist Church of New London will officially merge on September 29 to form Church of the City, offering services in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.
First Baptist Church of New London and First Hispanic Baptist Church of New London announce with pleasure that their Merger Celebration Service will occur on Sunday, September 29 at noon. The service will be conducted at 35 Redden Avenue in New London and will be followed by a reception. The public is welcome to attend. During this service the documents of merger will be signed joining together New London’s two American Baptist churches into a new entity which will be known as Church of the City, New London.
Tracing its roots to 1804, FirstBaptistChurch has provided generations of ministry to the physical and spiritual needs of New London and surrounding communities. In 1977, First Baptist hosted a small group which offered services in Spanish. That group grew into Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana (First Hispanic Baptist) which now counts among its membership over 300 people from multiple cultural backgrounds.
Services in Spanish will continue to be conducted at 35 Redden Avenue, with English and Haitian Creole services being conducted downtown at 268 State Street. Plans are being made to enhance the outreach of First Hispanic Baptist’s community center and relocate and expand its services with a new downtown location.