Monroe Congregational Church was built on what is now the Monroe Green in 1847, but its roots run far deeper than…More that.</p>
<p>The town church was formed at the request of residents who petitioned the state government for it, because they had tired of making long winter journeys to Huntington Parish.</p>
<p>Elizabeth Gray donated Beardsley Hall on Old Tannery Road to the church in 1886 in memory of her late husband, Dr. Edward M. Gray, a village physician.</p>
<p>A few years later, a new parsonage was bought on the Green. The house is rented out to residential tenants.</p>
<p>In 1956, the congregation outgrew church facilities and an early school building was bought at auction to expand Beardsley Hall. Then in 1967, ground was broke for Rexford House, which opened its doors in 1968.</p>
<p>The church itself underwent an expansion in 1985. Pews were installed, a balcony was built, and a handicap entrance was added.</p>
<p>Rev. Peter W. Allen is now Monroe Congregational's pastor and Rev. Jennifer M. Gingras is associate pastor.</p>
Step A Way Preschool 423 Main St, Monroe, CT06468 This part-time, state-accredited, multi-denominational Christian preschool is located behind Stepney Baptist…More Church and offers programs for children ages two to five. For more information, call director Barbara Clark.