Life as the Pastor and Teacher of the people who are North Church of Portsmouth, United Church of Christ is never dull! The most important thing I can tell you is that the hearts that are the doors to this church are wide open. You are welcome here. You are needed here. Some families in this church have been here for generations. Other families have been lead by the hand of their curious preschoolers into a life of faith and fellowship. Single people find a welcome and a voice here. People of a variety of religious backgrounds and those with no real background find here diverse theological understandings that, by the grace of God, worship and work together, learning one from the other.
This church that dates itself back at least 340 years is in a time of transition as is all Christianity. To be part of it is to have courage to step out in faith discovering your own true path as together we discover what God in Jesus Christ is calling North Church to be as the years unfold. North Church is an old church with the potential to be a new church. Its history bears out that this has always been true. Though it strongly adheres to its congregational roots, it also owns these words from the Preamble to the Constitution of the United Church of Christ–”It affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God.”
I invite you to explore your faith here, as I do every day. The Holy Spirit is busy here. Come find a fellowship that will welcome you and opportunities to discover the God who loves you.
The Rev. Dawn A. Shippee