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Welcome to Woodfords! If you are seeking a church home where you can pursue your personal faith journey on your own terms, we invite you to join us for Sunday worship and experience what Woodfords has to offer.

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Whatever you are seeking—meaningful spiritual messages, inspirational music, community outreach/missions, fellowship or a combination—please come and share in the Woodfords experience. All are welcome here at Woodfords, as we serve the spiritual and mutual support needs of the Greater Portland area.

Located at 202 Woodford Street in Portland, Maine, Woodfords Congregational Church, U.C.C., is a Just Peace and Open and Affirming congregation. We have ample off-street parking and are handicapped accessible.

Woodfords Church has a membership of more than 400. We come from a variety of religious and political backgrounds, but our religious orientation is moderate to liberal. Members are welcoming and encourage newcomers to participate in specific areas of church life. Contact us!

Sunday Worship Service

10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary with senior choir. Check back often for times and information about Christmas, Holy Week, Easter and other special services.

Pastoral Staff

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Rev. Carolyn U. Lambert,
Senior Pastor
Rev. James W. Fletcher,
Elder Chaplain

Rev. Carolyn U. Lambert, our Senior Pastor, has been at Woodfords Church since 2005. She holds degrees from the University of Maine and Andover Newton Theological School as well as an Advanced Certificate in Youth Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. At Woodfords, she has involved herself enthusiastically in every area of parish ministry, including mission trips to New Orleans and Guatemala. She previously served South Congregational Church in Kennebunkport and First Parish Federated Church in South Berwick. She has served the Maine Conference of the U.C.C. in many capacities, including youth ministry.

Carolyn has lived in Maine since 1969 and has two grown children. She currently serves as Chaplain for the Kennebunk Police Department and has been active in Rotary for 17 years. Before being called to ministry, she worked as a teacher and an innkeeper. She is a voracious reader and, when time permits, enjoys skiing, tennis and hiking.

Rev. James W. Fletcher serves part-time as Elder Chaplain on the Woodfords staff. His duties include training and supervision of the Lay Ministry Program, visiting the elderly, occasional preaching, and developing training programs which deal with serving the spiritual needs of our church’s growing elderly population. He is an ordained UCC minister and has served several churches in Maine.

He is also trained in professional interim ministry and in this capacity has pastored churches in Kansas and Massachusetts. Additionally, he has served in several capacities on the local, association, conference and national settings of the United Church of Christ. Jim, as he prefers to be called, brings more than 45 years of pastoral leadership skills to his position at Woodfords. He and his wife Paula live in Portland. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. Jim’s hobbies include hiking, biking, x-country skiing and listening to anything by J.S. Bach.

Our Mission and Vision Statement

We aspire to be a God-Centered, Inclusive Christian, Just Peace, and Open and Affirming church. We seek to broaden our understanding of God’s intention for peace and wholeness (Biblical Shalom) and to become creators of “Just Peace” within ourselves and in our families, church community and beyond. We endeavor to be a thoroughly inclusive church, all the while working together to live out our covenant commitment to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

About Portland, Maine

Portland is situated on the Atlantic Coast, two hours north of Boston and minutes from all the outdoor beauty and activities that Maine has to offer. The Greater Portland area has a population of approximately 240,000 people and boasts professional baseball, basketball and hockey, a nationally known College of Art and Art Museum, a symphony orchestra, and a picturesque oceanfront. Portland is also home to the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine School of Law. There is easy access to the natural beauty of beaches, lakes, mountains and many outdoor sports opportunities. The Old Port District provides myriad eating and shopping experiences within a quaint working waterfront, as well as ferry access to the “calendar islands” of Casco Bay. Winter sports opportunities abound in the public skating arenas, cross-country ski trails, and wonderful downhill skiing mountains which are less than 90 minutes away. Portland has an international jetport and nationally known hospitals, all within a comfortable 20 minute drive of all communities in the area.

The city itself is a point of arrival for a growing refugee population. As the largest metropolitan area in Maine, Portland faces many typical urban challenges, but its people are caring, giving, and supportive of those less fortunate.