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Prayer Vigils for Newtown Victims Scheduled Throughout Connecticut

A moment of silence will take place on front steps throughout the state at 9 p.m. tonight. The following is a list of vigils, most at UCC churches, which will be taking place throughout the weekend. Please add any others you know about in the comments.

Moment of Silence

Friday, Dec. 14, 9 p.m. being organized as a Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/496089140413984/

The message from the organizer reads: "Words are hollow and there will be no solace for so many families this holiday season. But in my own way, I'd like to show my support for the families, far too close to my own home.

"I'll be on my front step at 9pm EST with a candle. Wishing the families all the strength they can muster. Wishing the world would take notice. Wishing the violence would stop.

"Invite your friends. Take a moment to reflect on what is truly important in this world - our children, our families, our common bonds, our love."

Prayer Services

Tonight  (Dec. 14, 2012 ) 

  • Bushnell Park, Hartford, 7 p.m.
  • Drew Hall at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford - prayer vigil - 6 p.m. 
  • On the Common Granby Center (South & First Churches Granby) – shared candle-light gathering – 6 PM
  • First Congregational Church, Cheshire  – church open for prayers and meditation - 6 to 8 PM
  • Park Congregational Church, Norwich – church open for prayer - 6 to 7 PM
  • Avon – open for meditation and prayer – 6 – 8PM
  • Middletown, First United Methodist – 6PM
  • Essex Fire House - community-wide, non-religious/religious candlelight vigil  - 6:15 to 6:30 PM
  • Milford, First – prayer service – 6:30 PM
  • Newtown Congregational Church - prayer vigil - 7 PM
  • King Street UCC, Danbury - prayer and candlelight service - 7 PM
  • First Woodbury Congregational - community prayer vigil with candle lighting -7 PM
  • Goshen Church of Christ, Congregational - longest night service - 7 PM
  • Huntington Congregational Church, UCC (Shelton) - Service with prayers, silence, & scripture  - 7 PM
  • Baptist Church Meetinghouse on the town green, Branford  (First Congregational  & Baptist Church) -  shared Prayer Service - 7:00 to 7:30 PM
  • Rocky Hill Congregational church - community vigil - 7 PM
  • The First Congregational Church in Bloomfield - Community Candlelight Vigil  7-8 PM
  • South Britain - prayer service -  7PM
  • Mansfield, First – prayer service – 7PM
  • Bloomfield, First – candlelight vigil – 7PM


Tomorrow (Dec. 15, 2012)

  • West Hartford United Methodist Church is having a prayer service at 6 p.m. Saturday night.
  • Elmwood Community Church, West Hartford, 8 p.m.
  • Goshen Church of Christ, Congregational-prayer service - Noon
  • New Haven Green – United Church on the Green and Redeemer - candlelight vigil – 6 pm
  • Roxbury – community candlelight gathering – no time given


Unclear when:

  • Norfield Congregational, Weston CT - Interfaith Prayer vigil - at some point this weekend


Sunday (Dec. 16, 2012)
Newtown High School  - Community-wide prayer service - 7 PM.  High School is at 12 Berkshire Road.

Canton High School - Community candlelight vigil - 5 p.m. School is at 76 Simonds Ave., Canton. 

jessie December 15, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Its so sad and heartbreaking when you think of those children its heartwrenching sad so so sad my thoughts and prayers go out to those families may God be with you and may you find comfort in the Lord. God bless. Jess ( new haven CT) Jess from new haven
Diane Stevenson December 17, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Bethany Covenant Church, Berlin will hold a prayer vigil on Monday at 6:30p.m.

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