Standish Congregational Church

An open and affirming congregation;

All are welcome!

Christian Education


Nursery care is provided for children ages infant through 3 years old. Children can be dropped off before church starts and picked up after the church service ends. While in the nursery, children read book, play games, and do crafts.

Sunday School

Sunday school is offered to children in pre-K through grade 8 during the school year. In the summer months children age 4 through 2nd grade participate in Sunday school while children aged 3rd grade through 12 grade participate in youth choir and intergenerational church services.

Adult Christian Education

Adult Christian Education at Standish Congregational Church focuses on discipleship. faith formation, and spiritual growth.  We offer a Spiritual Enrichment Bible Study on the first and third Tuesday mornings of each month, September-May.  In this group we pray for local joys and concerns, read a Psalm together, read aloud a Bible passage that will be featured in the following Sunday service, and discuss the passage using the Lectio Divina method.  Each year we have a Lenten Discussion series after church for five or six Sundays during Lent.  In 2017 this discussion focussed on Christian Faith Practices.  Most years we have book discussions, often reading several books, or portions of a book, as a unit in relation to a topic of interest.  For the next few months our book discussions will relate to issues surrounding "Open and Affirming."

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School 2017

"Blessed Are the Peacemakers"

VBS at the Standish Congregational Church is open to children and youth, ages 4 to 14.  Childcare for infants and toddlers will be provided.

Sessions are on Wednesday evenings from 6 PM to 7:45, July 19 through August 16.

At each session we will begin with supper at 6; move to the sanctuary for Bible stories, songs, and prayers at 6:30; go on to crafts, games, or discussions related to the Bible story; and end with worship 7:30 to 7:45.

July 19: Peacemakers are forgiving.  The story of Jacob and Esau and how, despite Jacob's deceit and trickery, these twin brothers made peace, not war.

July 26:  Peacemakers can share.  The story of the widow of Zarephath and the prophet Elijah.  Though she and her young son were near starvation, the widow gave her last bit of food to Elijah, trusting that God would provide for them.

August 2: Peacemaker are caring.  Jesus' story of the Good Samaritan.

August 9 Peacemakers are welcoming.  The story of Peter and Cornelius that shows that people who are different can be friends.

August 16 - students, teachers, families, and the congregation join for a closing worship during which we will share what we have learned and display some of our projects