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Background: Our Nursery Room
At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out,
and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved.
Therefore consider the word and understand the vision. - Daniel 9:23
The First Congregational Church in Collinsville was organized June 25, 1832. At its organization, the church consisted of thirty-three members, twenty males and thirteen females. They came from eleven different churches, the larger from Canton Center church. At the end of the year, there were sixty-six members. People met in homes, until in 1830 Mr. Samuel Collins, founder of the Collins Company, wrote in his diary, “…put up an office building, a part of which was used as the only school for the children, a public hall, and in 1836 the only church”. The first edifice was dedicated December 2, 1836, the sermon being preached by Dr. Brinsmade. On the night of January 18, 1857, the church building burned to the ground. The weather was extremely cold, high winds and snow falling. The nearby buildings and the schoolhouse were saved by throwing masses of snow upon and against them. The new meeting house was dedicated to the worship of Almighty God, on the evening of February 25, 1858. The people raised two thousand dollars for the construction. The Collins Company, with Mr. Collins’ large gift, provided the rest. In 1871 the vote was taken to allow the women of the church to have a voice in the affairs of the church. Up to this point it would seem they had been silent members. This same year it was voted to unite with the Farmington Valley Conference instead of remaining longer in the Hartford Central Conference. In 1872 the Rev. L.S. Griggs was called to administer to the congregation. He remained for about four years. During this time, there were large additions to the church by profession of faith. In 1882, the semi-centennial of the church was observed with appropriate exercises. Rev. Charles Cooledge came in 1885. His ministry covered twenty-five years, the longest pastorate in the history of our church. In December, 1994, a unanimous decision was made to leave the United Church of Christ and join the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference. In 1996, a unanimous decision was made to change the name of the church to Collinsville Congregational Church. In 2018, the church's name was changed again to Christ Community Church of Collinsville.