Who We Are
Rev. Devon Thomas, Pastor
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10AM - 1PM
Cyndi Newett, Church Board Chair
Sharon Lawyer, Building Use
Patrick Evans, Organist
Sharon Evans, Newsletter & Bulletin
UCBF: (802) 827-6544
We are a combination of three church and the communities fo Bakersfield (pop. 1200), East Fairfield, and Fairfield (pop. 1800)
The 1st Congregational Church of Bakersfield (1811)
Our current location
The Bakersfield United Methodist Church (1850)
Currently privately owned as a nonprofit museum
The East Fairfield Congregational Church (1880)
Currently The Meeting House and part of the Fairfield Community Center
The road to this union was a long and sometimes thorny journey. These three churches moved in and out of different configurations until the early 1980's when the Tri-Church Parish was formed, combining all three churches while maintaining independent boards and finances. In the early 2000's, church bylaws were written and a vote was taken to become the United Church of Bakersfield and Fairfield. Unification was officially achieved in 2007. In 2013, the United Methodist and East Fairfield church buildings were sold for $1 each. The church family has settled into its current home, former 1st Congregational Church building in Bakersfield, with a spirit of continuity of faith, acceptance of differences, and hope in the future.
United Church of
Bakersfield & Fairfield
in affliation with
The United Church of Christ
We are the United Church of Bakersfield and Fairfield, a church which has deep roots in the communities we serve. We are a flexible and inclusive church, committed to supporting the connectedness and commonality of our church family and the broader Bakersfield and Fairfield communities. We happily welcome and enjoy children and youth, believing they are the future hope for renewal and continuity of our church. We celebrate our relationship with Jesus Christ, and invite all to join with us in joyous music, worship, fellowship, and mission outreach as we share His message of love, peace, and grace.
Open & Affirming Covenant
At the United Church of Bakersfield and Fairfield, we believe that each person is a child of God. We invite and welcome into our community persons of every age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical condition, economic, faith, and educational background, marital status, and family structure. Our faith leads us to welcome all who wish to share their God given gifts and to participate fully in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, and blessing of our congregation. We have room for all.
We are a welcoming community that enjoys each other's company. We like to worship together, sing together, talk with each other, and gather for fellowship. We are concerned for and supportive of those in need. We are growing in faith, and are accepting of all who come to worship with us no matter where they are in their faith journey. They saying, "many hands make light work," really does apply to our church family. Whether it's a pie sale, craft fair, community dinner, potluck for a luncheon, or some type of community outreach: though we are small in numbers, when called upon, we are mighty in support. Because we are all in different stages of life, with some busier than others, we do have many of the same faces on the church board and committees. However, the commitment and support at our church is ever-present and growing. We have faith that when the time comes there will be others who will take up the torch and carry one. The UCBF is an independent congregation that has weathered many storms. We have come out of conflicts with a clearer idea of who we are and where we are going.
"What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" Luke 24:16
As a congregation, we covenant to walk with each other in all God's ways;
We will show one another love and patience, tenderness, mercy, tolerance, respect, and kindness.
We will speak directly to one another.
We will listen in order to understand, learn from one another, please God, and hear the still small voice.
We will speak in kindness, truth, love, honesty, and compassion.
We will respect each other's point of view, diversity, questioning, and our church building.
We will appreciate one another, unique abilities, church body, love here in the church, and diversity.
We will help one another grow in Jesus Christ.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, we will do our best to help each other along this journey of discovering our future life together.