Whoever you are, wherever you are on life's journey--you are welcome to join us in worship, spiritual growth, community service, and joyful fellowship!
Located near the crossroads of Routes 25 and 35 in historic Standish Village, our church also stands at the crossroads between the past and the future. Our worship history reaches back over 180 years, and we embrace the rich Congregationalist heritage of New England along with the other three traditions that formed our denomination, the United Church of Christ (Evangelical, Reformed, and Christian Connection). We became affiliated with the UCC in 1961.
The past met the future for us when in the spring of 2004 our historic church building (dedicated in February 1834) was destroyed by fire.
The congregation continued to meet in settings that included The Old Red Church (our "mother church" and the Schoolhouse Arts Center in Sebago Lake Village, and our state-of-the art rebuilt-and-expanded church building was dedicated in February 2006.
Our Sunday morning service offers praise to God through the ministries of word and music and also fosters a strong sense of fellowship among those attending. We often have intergenerational services that involve participants of all ages.
As a congregation we are committed to involvement in the world, and we carry out this commitment in light of a visioning statement adopted in October 2014:
"Growing in the Spirit,
we follow Jesus:
loving, tending and feeding
all God's people and Creation."
We offer meals free and open to the public once a month on the last Monday (unless that is a holiday). On Fifth Mondays the meal is offered in conjunction with Food & Fellowship, Inc.; the other meals are spaghetti suppers sponsored and served by members of our Missions Board. And we help to support Catherine's Cupboard, a food pantry located at the Standish Town Hall.
Through "visioning" in October 2014, we became aware of our need to grow in the areas of ecology and social justice, as well as to continue our longterm commitments to religious education and to missions. In the last three years we have sponsored several Electronics Recycling Events in Standish, we have undertaken and are continuing conversation around becoming an Open and Affirming congregation, and we have reached out to immigrants and refugees in our area. Many sermons, book discussions, and Bible Study sessions have focused on topics related to ecology and social justice (incluing the important matter of racial justice), and we continue to learn and grow.
Our building facilitates not only our worship services and church meetings, but also serves as a community meeting place for Weight Watchers, Alcoholics Anonymous, Scout troops, and the Lakes Region Mini-Quilters. Our fellowship hall is available to rent for events such as birthday parties and bridal showers.
Our congregation enjoys fellowship around periodic potluck meals and also through holding fundraising events such as the Village Square Fair,
the Standish Spectacular Pancake Breakfast, our Fritter Booth at the Cornish Apple Fest, Bean Suppers, concerts, art shows, and more!
Come and see what we are all about!
All Are Welcome!