Social Action and Mission
Mission outreach is an integral part of life at Woodfords. Some of the many missions in which we participate are:
- United Church of Christ offerings
- SERRV (fair trade)
- Heifer Project International
- Church World Service
- Habitat for Humanity
- Safe Passage
- Wayside Food Programs
- Good Shepherd Food Bank
- Cultivating Community
- Portland Permaculture
In 1975 Woodfords Church was instrumental in the creation of Project FEED, a food depot that is still housed in the church and supported by volunteers from the congregation and the larger community.
Annually we host an Art for Mission show and sale, proceeds of which go directly to mission efforts, recently providing emergency heating assistance to folks in need.
Woodfords members helped spearhead the creation of The AIDS Project.
The regular use of our facilities by more than 40 church and non-profit groups confirms our commitment to the greater Portland community.
Ministry to Elders
The Grant Fund strives to improve and support the health, welfare, and spiritual life of members of Woodfords Church who are 65 and older through the prayerful and judicious dispersal of income from Iona and Raymond Grantís legacy. The Grant Fund provides a range of services and activities, from opportunities to improve or sustain healthy minds and bodies, to book clubs, day trips, and other social events. The program is administered by our Elder Program Coordinator with assistance from the Grand Fund Committee.
Caring for Our Members
Members of Woodfords Congregational Church, U.C.C., may call upon the pastor for short-term crisis counseling in the midst of lifeís challenges and transitions. The Rev. Carolyn Lambert may be reached through the church office (774-8243). No fee is charged for these pastoral services to church members.
Another way we care for our Woodfords community is through our Lay Ministry program. Our Lay Ministers, under the direction and supervision of Rev. Jim Fletcher, offer loving and compassionate support to Woodfords members during times of need. Lay ministers visit shut-ins and hospital patients, serve as a connection between the home-bound and the church, and help the pastor to meet the spiritual needs of that population.
Woodfords Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
202 Woodford Street
Portland, Maine 04103
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