Welcome to Woodfords!
Experiencing God as Joy!
OUR 2015-2016 SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM WILL BEGIN SEPTEMBER 20, 2015!
This will be the theme for our Sunday School for 2015-2016! In order to prepare for this exciting year, you are invited to attend a Sunday School Teachers Retreat. Our teachers retreat is open to anyone who is interested in teaching or helping in the Sunday School this Fall. Join us next Saturday, July 18, 10:00am-12:00pm at the church in the lower level Sunday School classrooms (please enter through rear door to Parish House). Lunch will be served. We would love to see you. Jess Gellar-Cote, Sunday School Superintendent, and Mary Zachary-Lang, Director of Spiritual Growth.
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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.
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.
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.
|Rev. Carolyn U. Lambert,
|Rev. James W. Fletcher,
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.