Who Are We? We are Welcoming and Accessible.
First Parish Church of York is a community church in the Congregational tradition of the United Church of Christ. Participation is open to all people who wish to share in the worship of God. We are a multi-generational group of worshippers who welcome people from all different backgrounds. We are handicapped accessible with a ramp to the left of the church and also have hearing assistance devices for those who need them.
Where and When?
First Parish Church is located at: 180 York St, York, ME 03909 in York Village. Our church service begins Sunday at 9:30 AM. Our call to worship bell rings at 9:20 to remind everyone to come and be greeted through the front doors and join us in worship. (Directions)
Where Do I Park?
Parking is available on the street as well as in front of, adjacent to, and behind the church (There is a one-way system, please enter from York Street to the right of the church, by Town Hall). Parking is also available across the street in the Museums of Old York parking lot on Lindsay Road. Getting to church 10 minutes before the service usually gives you a closer parking spot. Handicapped parking is available.
What Should I Wear?
Please wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. Some people at First Parish do dress up and some dress down. You’ll see people in jackets and ties, dresses, and jeans all worshipping together.
Are Children Welcome?
Children are always welcome to join you in worship throughout the service.Since we are a family-friendly church, our service features a children's message as well as nursery care and church school. Infant and toddler nursery care is provided down the stairs to the right of the front entrance and in the nursery beyond the church lounge. It is staffed by trained caretakers. Children 5+ stay with you in church until after the children’s message when they are escorted (you may accompany them and return to worship) by the church school staff to their classrooms . After worship, you can collect your children in the Nursery and in the Fellowship Hall during coffee hour. (Church School)
What is Worship Like?
Our style of worship is perhaps best described as offering the best of the old and the best of the new. We sing the great hymns of our faith, and new songs as well, with enthusiasm and joy. The service lasts approximately 1 hour.
We share in Communion (including a gluten free alternataive) on the first Sunday of every month. If you visit on a Sunday when we're celebrating communion, please join us! At FPC, all are welcome to take part in communion - members, non-members, adults, children, baptized and not baptized --all who seek the nurturing presence of the Risen Christ. But if you don't feel comfortable taking part, that's fine too. On Communion Sunday, worshipers remain seated, and the bread and the small cups (of grape juice) are passed by our Deacons. First the bread is served. When everyone has received the bread, we all take the bread together. Then the cup is served to all and we take the cup individually.
We also have a hymn sing on the Second Sunday of the month 15 minutes before worship. Worshippers call out the number of their favorite hymn and we sing two verses of each.
Will I Have a Chance to Meet the Pastors and other people?
The Pastors greet all at the end of the service at the front door following the service and/or at coffee hour across the driveway in the Fellowship Hall. Welcoming Committee members, will be at worship and also at the coffee hour at the Welcome Table where you can receive information, ask questions and just chat with a Welcoming Committee member.
Please feel free to visit us for any Sunday morning service or talk with our friendly staff at the Church office Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm: (207) 363-3758.