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.
Log cabin served as the church for our first ministers, Rev. Joshua Moodey and Rev. Nathaniel Rogers.
Formal organization of the church with a meeting house built at the corner of South and Marcy Streets.
The meeting house moved to North Church’s present site on Market Street.
North Church was built as it now stands today with stained glass and organ installed in 1890.
Membership in the United Church of Christ (UCC)
North Church expands and moves Parish House and administrative offices to current Spinney Road location.
Market Square Church and steeple undergo extensive renovation project through a capital campaign.
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/
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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