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A Brief History Of North Church

Spiritual Home at the Heart of Portsmouth for Almost 300 Years


A Proud, Rich History

From our modest beginnings in a log cabin, North Church has grown to be a symbol of worship and leadership in the Seacoast community.

1641
1641

Log cabin served as the church for our first ministers, Rev. Joshua Moodey and Rev. Nathaniel Rogers.

1671
1671

Formal organization of the church with a meeting house built at the corner of South and Marcy Streets.

1712
1712

The meeting house moved to North Church’s present site on Market Street.

1855
1855

North Church was built as it now stands today with stained glass and organ installed in 1890.

1957
1957

Membership in the United Church of Christ (UCC)

1964
1964

North Church expands and moves Parish House and administrative offices to current Spinney Road location.

2006
2006

Market Square Church and steeple undergo extensive renovation project through a capital campaign.

2014
2014

North Church becomes an Open and Affirming Church.

Notable worshippers over the years include General William Whipple, signer of the Declaration of Independence; John Langdon, signer of the U.S. Constitution; Daniel Webster, John Paul Jones, and President George Washington.

North Church has a rich heritage of which we are all justifiably proud. Those interested in more extensive research of the church’s history will find a wealth of information in the North Church of Portsmouth archives on deposit at the Portsmouth Athenaeum http://www.portsmouthathenaeum.org/

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We worship both in the sanctuary at Market Square as well as the chapel at our Parish House. Please check the calendar to confirm the location for the worship date you are looking for.

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