Welcome to North Parish Congregational United Church of Christ of Sanford
We are an Open and Affirming Community. All people are welcome here. Our hope is that as you worship you sense the love of God, the call of Jesus and the wonder of the Holy Spirit.
Open and Affirming
A Place for All God's Children
North Parish Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
is an Open and Affirming Church.
We welcome and embrace ALL People
race, skin color, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation,
gender identities, gender expressions,
religious affiliation or any other source of differentiation.
We believe we are ALL equal and worthy of love in the eyes of our Creator.
This is Us
We celebrate, we serve, we learn, we share
Our pastor loves children
The Rev. Diane Wendorf gets down on the floor, holds hands, asks a wiggly kid to help with communion. She has served congregations in Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio. So she's kind of from away, and kind of from here...with deep family roots in Maine.
Mission Matters...We work together to serve.
A free meal on a Third Thursday...home cooked and served with love...
A sunny day planting the grounds at Seeds of Peace International Camp...
A Day of Caring in the fall to help neighbors prepare for winter with new bedding, coats, shoes, toiletries...
Weekly donations to our local food pantries...
Supporting hungry children in the mountains of Honduras...
Giving, sharing; extravagant generosity guides us in everything we do.
Interested in learning more about our involvement with the community?
Check our Facebook page for all the latest news! North Parish Congregational Church UCC
Creating the Beloved Community
Building Community, Building Disciples
Our building might appear a little rough on the edges at times. More importantly we love what happens inside, when people meet, groups gather and when caring occurs.
Still, we love our old building and the history it contains. People have gathered to worship and serve God right here in the heart of Sanford for over 200 years. You can feel the presence of those saints from the past in our softly worn pews and in the sunlight that streams in the sanctuary windows on a Sunday morning. They inspire who we are today as we open our doors to the lost and the lonely, to those who hunger and thirst and to the many who want to work together bringing God's hope to our community and to the world.
Who are we?
We are old and young. Some of us live just down the street and others come from a ways away.
Some drop in when time allows and others come every week.
We know whoever you are and whenever you are able to come...you need to be here
and that God will always be in our midst.
And....we are Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts on Monday nights,
on Tuesday Holy Yoga gathers to pray and stretch, downward dog and salute the sun,
on Wednesday the Center for Grieving Children brings families from all of southern Maine and New Hampshire for support and care from a dedicated team of trained volunteers.
Thursday afternoon our choir practices at 3 p.m.
and in the evening on the first and third Thursdays NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) gives support and hope.
The Third Thursday of every month we share a meal...a Free for All
that manages to lift our spirits and fill all who come with joy.
And talk about joy! Sanford Drum Circle meets in our community hall every third Saturday evening.
No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey...you are welcome here!
Sunday Worship at 10:30 in the sanctuary
followed by refreshments downstairs
Come Visit, Come to Stay
Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9 to noon.
And by appointment with our pastor.
"Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord."