Open and Affirming Statement (adopted November 20, 2011)
High Street Congregational Church United Church of Christ proclaims its belief that everyone is created in the image of God and affirms that each person, regardless of age, economic status, faith history, ethnicity, gender identity, mental or physical ability, marital status, or sexual orientation is a beloved child of God and thus is worthy of God's love and grace; that prayer, support, and guidance should be offered in a loving spiritual community which strives to embrace all who seek that love and grace. All are welcome in every aspect of the full life of the church.
High Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
Mission Statement (adopted March 2, 1991)
We are called to be a church that:
• Worships God, and celebrates the life and teachings of Christ Jesus;
• Accepts the forgiveness and reconciliation of Christ through the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion:
• Provides Christian Education and opportunities for spiritual growth.
• Acts as agents for Justice and Peace;
• Ministers to the needs of both local and global communities;
• Values and celebrates our diversity;
• Provides an environment where people can develop and realize there God-given talents;
• Fosters good stewardship of our environments; and,
• Is the extended family of God working together and supporting one another through life's experiences.
United Church of Christ Statement of Faith—adapted by Robert V. Moss
We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:
God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.
God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.
God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table,to join him in his passion and victory.
God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace,the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.
Meet the Staff
Rev. Stephen Carnahan, Pastor
Stephen was raised and educated in the traditions of the Church of the Nazarene, but as his faith matured he realized that his beliefs more closely aligned with the teachings and outlook of the United Church of Christ. Rev. Carnahan joined High Street in March 2010 after a ministerial career in which he led congregations in several states. He has been in Maine for more than a decade, serving as co-pastor at State Street Congregational Church in Portland and later served Open House Church, an alternative to the more traditional Protestant churches in New England. When that congregational was unable to sustain itself as an independent entity, he embarked on a new journey with us. Stephen continues to teach and lead us, and to challenge us to new ways of thinking, doing and being as a church in the 21st century. He also provides the choir with a tenor section.
Rose Stansfield, Office Administrator
Rose has been working in the office since April of 2015. She has eight years of experience as a chuch office admnistrator and divides her week with First Congregational Church in Gray. Rose lives in New Gloucester with her husband Robert and her two adult children, Colin and Molly, two dogs and two cats. She is active in First Congregational Church of Gray, teaching Sunday school and co-chairing their annual Holly Fair. Rose's interests include knitting, card-making and stamping/paper crafting.
Cindy, Director of Christian Education
Profile coming soon.
Chip Ross, Organist
Chip knows High Street's E. M. Skinner 1926 pipe organ inside and out. Want proof? Visit Chip's site here
Speaking of "proof": Chip's "day job" is as a mathematics professor at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, but he's served as High Street's organist since about 1991. He's a "utility" musician who thoroughly enjoys accompanying the choir on either the church's beautiful Yamaha grand piano or the pipe organ, singing tenor on a cappella pieces, and perhaps his favorite, leading the congregation in hymn-singing, particularly on "old favorites".