OUR MINISTRIES

Our church outreach and ministry changes to meet the needs of our community and our world. We are not currently offering in-person worship or programs due to the coronavirus crisis. However, we still provide remote classes - see the "Spiritual Growth" page.

Prayer

 

Our doors are always open for prayer and meditation.

DURING THE PANDEMIC, PLEASE FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCE GUIDELINES IF SOMEONE ELSE IS PRESENT. Also, sanitize door handles and anything else you touch.   Prayer celebrations and concerns are voiced during worship on Sunday mornings, currently happening online instead of in-person. Personal, family, community and national and global issues are lifted up in thanksgiving or petition. Worship also contains unison or responsive prayers, including "The Lord's Prayer."

The Pastor and Church Leaders are willing to pray with and for you.  Prayer concerns may be written and sent or emailed to the church.

Mission & Advocacy
 

A tithe, or 10% of receipts is earmarked for Mission - local, national and international. As a United Church of Christ congregation, half our mission funds support the denominational "Our Church's Wider Mission." Other recipients are determined by the Mission Committee each year. 

SUMH supports the local Food Pantries, Acadia Home for Students, Bar Harbor Thanksgiving Baskets, Emmaus Center Homeless Shelter, Next Step (domestic violence), Beth Wright Cancer Center, OUT-Maine, Non-Violent Communication, Heifer Project, One Great Hour of Sharing and many other efforts.

Little Free Library
 

Our Little Free Library was set up at the beginning of April 2020, with local libraries closed due to Coronavirus. Besides free books for the taking, there are some non-perishable food items to give away.

Please observe all safety precautions so as not to touch a surface that may be contaminated and then touch your face. 

VISION STATEMENT

 

We, the members and friends of the Somesville Union Meeting House, United Church of Christ, proclaim to be a church body where faith, love, and learning are alive. We strive to be intentionally inclusive, proudly progressive, and creatively spiritual, as we work together to become biblically and theologically literate, spiritually vital, joyful followers of the Way of Jesus Christ. We seek to attract and keep new members to share in this journey, which we hope will enable them to grow with us to a stronger faith and belief in Jesus Christ and in their relationship with God. We recognize that people's values and needs differ, and we must be understanding, trusting, and respectful of one another. We also understand and agree that as faithful followers of Christ, our spiritual journey never ends, as we learn to identify and use our gifts to benefit others - in our church, our community, and beyond. In doing so, we will consciously open our hearts to the Holy Spirit, to empower us to carry on the ministries of Jesus Christ. This is our vision for a vital, spiritual, meaningful future for the gathered community of faith known as the Somesville Union Meeting House, UCC.

Christian Nurture

Sunday School for children is offered "on demand" after the first part of Public Worship. Adult education opportunities include Lenten Study, book discussion, Bible Reflection at the  Alcyon Center and other short-term groups. 

Music - Christina Spurling, Director

 

Christina Spurling, MM, has been our Music Director since May, 2017. CURRENTLY THERE ARE NO CHOIR REHEARSALS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. However, Choir Members are using technology such as the Acapella app to form a "Virtual Choir." Normally, in the fall, winter and spring she directs the Choir, which rehearses before worship at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings. Choral selections represent a variety of styles from the Renaissance to the present, including classics, spirituals, and contemporary anthems in a popular idiom.

 

When the Choir resumes, new choir members are always welcome; music reading ability is helpful but not required.

Our musical instruments are a Mason & Hamlin "A" Series grand piano, purchased in Nov. 2009, and a Rodgers 205 pipe/electronic organ donated in 2010. A private donation subsidized the cost of the piano, and a grant from the Maine Conference UCC for "Resourcing the Local Church" helped pay for moving and installing the organ.

Spurling is currently accompanying online worship from the piano in her home. She is available for online piano lessons. Email somesvillechurch@gmail.com

(photo credit Nan Lincoln, MDI Islander 8-13-19)

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