Our Denomination

First Parish Church Vision and Mission Statements:


Following the way of Jesus, we aspire to authentically invite, courageously include, and generously serve all with compassion and grace.

Following the way of Jesus, we celebrate inspirational worship; create life-changing experiences for children, youth, families, and individuals; and practice meaningful congregational care.
While respecting our diversity, we courageously advocate for justice and mercy, and intentionally respond to the needs of our community and the world.

"God is still speaking" is our way of saying that God is still active and speaking in the world today.

Our Denomination: The United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ came into being in 1957 with the union of two Protestant denominations: the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Church.

Our branch of the family tree is the Congregational Churches that were organized when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation (1620) and the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1629) acknowledged their essential unity in 1648.

In each tradition, the basic unit of the United Church of Christ is the congregation. Members of each congregation are in sacred and holy relationship with one another and with God.  These congregations, in turn, exist in covenantal relationships with one another to form larger structures for more effective work. Our covenanting emphasizes trustful relationships rather than legal agreements.

Each congregation or local church is free to act in accordance with the collective decision of its members, guided by the working of the Spirit, but it also is called to live in a covenantal relationship with other congregations for the sharing of insights and for cooperative action under the authority of Christ.

This is the United Church of Christ, responding to the call to unity in diversity: "that they may all be one." John 17:21

"God is still speaking" is our way of saying that God is still active and speaking in the world today.


United Church of Christ : http://www.ucc.org

 Maine Conference, United Church of Christ: http://maineucc.org

York Association, ME Conference United Church of Christ: https://www.maineucc.org/york

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