Interim Minister's Message
I pray God's blessings and peace be yours,
Welcome! We thank God for your presence. Please look through this webpage and the rest of the website; not only the words, but the message between the lines. While we hope to convey information that is helpful to you, what we really hope is that you will catch a glimpse of the spirit that inspires and informs the beauty and the activities of this community of faith. We have learned that it really is people who make a church. We hope that you feel welcome to walk with us as we seek to move closer to God and to each other in our journey of faith. We are committed to worship and work. We look for ever-increasing ways to put our faith into action and our caring into practice. I am available to address any questions or comments you may have, so please know that you are invited to contact me at your convenience.
United Church of Christ
We hope you will visit this UCC church. We are not a perfect church, but we do try to be faithful. We are part of the UCC becasue we are known for arriving early on issues of inclusivity and justice. We were the first to ordain an African-American pastor (1785), a woman (1853), an openly gay person (1972), and the first to affirm same-gender marriage equality (2005).
UCC churches believe faith requires tenderness and courage, a kind of big love that is committed to changing the life of any person - in our churches, but also in the world around us. We call it religion with relevance. Why not give us a try? We extend an extravagant welcome to you and yours! Our UCC page, click here.
We believe Christian Education is a life-long process. We offer the following programs:
- Nursery Care for Infants
- Church School Classes
- Confirmation Class
- Junior and Senior Youth Fellowships
- Adult Education Classes
Nursery Care (infants through age 2) is staffed by a paid person and volunteers. The care your child receives while you are worshipping is very important. We are committed to providing loving and responsible child care.
Church School (Kindergarten through High School). Children attend the first part of the worship service with their families, leaving for Church School midway through the service.
Confirmation Class (9th grade) is the responsibility of the Senior Minister, with assistance from the Director of Christian Education and the teacher of the high school class.
Junior (6th - 8th grades) and Senior (9th -12th grades) Youth Fellowships. These groups offer the opportunity to participate in community service through local and state-wide projects. They also explore common interests and enjoy recreational group activities.
Adult Education Classes are frequently offered through study groups to enrich faith and spirituality.
The avowed purpose of this Church shall be to worship God, to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to celebrate the Sacraments; to realize Christian Fellowship and unity within this Church and the Church Universal; to welcome and render loving service toward all persons; and to strive for righteousness, justice and peace in faith and mission. - From First Parish Bylaws
You are invited to join us in worship at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM each Sunday. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. Special services are held throughout the year. There are speakers in the Quiet Room at the rear of the Sanctuary so those using that room are able to hear the service.
In addition to the fellowship enjoyed by parishioners at worship and in committee work, other opportunities are offered through:
- Women's Fellowship
- Top of the Hill Gang
- Meals Ministry and Pot Luck Suppers
- Prayer Shawl Group
- Bible Study
- Small Group Book Discussions
Anyone who enjoys music as a way to worship God is encouraged to participate in the following choirs. Call the Church Office to verify practice times and locations:
- Adult Choir
- Handbell Choir
- Youth Choir
The First Parish Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, sits at a crossroad at the center of Saco, Maine. Our doors on that crossroad symbolize our welcome to those who come in search of God's presence in their lives.
We are a faith community of diverse people whose common ministry is to rejoice in God's love, as well as to heal the brokenness with each other and with God. Responding to that call, we welcome all persons of every age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital standing, physical and mental ability, economic status and family structure into the life, membership, leadership and ministry of this church.
We affirm each person as a child of God, worthy of God's love and our love, and covenant to support one another in our celebrations, sorrows and spiritual growth. At this crossroad, we invite all over the threshold of Christ's open door to engage with us in the work of this church in the world. - "Statement of Inclusion” Adopted January 28, 2000
We believe all church members are ambassadors of God's caring presence and we look for opportunities to become involved both locally and globally. We have participated in:
- Biddeford Free Clinic
- Bon Appetit Meal Program
- Martin Luther King - A Day On, Not Off
- Saco Food Pantry
- Crossroads Youth Center
- Caleb Foundation
- York County Habitat for Humanity
- Mission Trip to Honduras
- Thanksgiving Baskets
- Earth Care Team to Help Reduce Global Warming
- Mitten Tree
- Active Prayer Group
- Calling Committee
- Saco Community Meal Program
- Hosanna Project
- Our Church's Wider Mission
First Parish contributes annually to One Great Hour of Sharing and Neighbors in Need projects done through the United Church of Christ.