Welcome to Portland United Church - the church on the hill overlooking the Crescent Valley, and an important fixture in Saint John's North End area. A hearty welcome is extended to you if you are visiting us here on the internet for the first time. We hope that you will be able to join us for worship each Sunday at 11:00am. We have lots of activities planned for this year with so many wonderful ways to worship God through song, prayer, study, music, sharing meals, welcoming new members. Come and help us, we would love to see you! Thank you for visiting with us and may God continue to walk with you on your journey and give you peace!

Spring at Portland United.....

The warmth that Spring brings to us has somewhat been lacking - we are still having cold winds and the last remnants of winter weather. But, it will get better, and we will be able to bask in the sunshine we so dearly love to have, and all that goes with the Spring season - gardening amongst the many things we do. Now we are having longer days of daylight, and that adds to our anticipation of the things to come. Church activities are in full swing, and Rev. Sally has been adding to the wonderful experience of having her services each week for us. We are so thankful for having our new minister. Other activities planned are being looked at now, and announcements will follow shortly as we continue the busy schedule of programs for our Portland family. We invite you to join us in our services as part of our Portland family, and to share the fellowship we so warmly provide. Won't you join with us as we journey forth on the path with our saviour?


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KIDS' CAVE at Portland United Church

New! A play area for small kids and babies and their parents to attend the services has been set up in the chapel. We welcome the little ones who are too small to join the Sunday School to bring their caretakers and join us every Sunday morning. Comfortable seating in the chapel will allow parents to listen to the service without having to try to keep small squirmers quiet in the pews, while the kids themselves have play mats and kindergarten furniture and toys to keep them amused.



It is with sadness we announce the passing of two of our long-standing members of the Portland United congregation.

Frances Thompson, loving wife of Peter Thompson, and mother to Christopher and Margaret, passed away on May 10, 2016. A funeral service will be held at Brenan's Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, May 16 at 12 PM.

Cynthia McFarlane, loving wife of Norman McFarlane, and mother to Christine and Bruce, passed away on May 11, 2016. A funeral service will be held at Portland United Church on Tuesday, May 17 at 11:00 AM.

We express condolences and prayers in our support to the families at this time.




See the report, attached here for your review (.PDF link). Copies are also available at the church office.

Annual Report 2015.pdf


Pastoral Care: A reminder for those wishing a visitation

If you or any family member are admitted to hospital please make sure someone calls the church and lets us know. We are unable to rely on getting the information from the hospital. Reverend Sally needs you to get in touch with us. If you know of any member who is shut-in, and would like a visitation by one of the committee members, please contact the church office (632-4030), and Donna will pass along the information to the committee. We are truly blessed to have this hardworking committee who regularly visit those who are unable to attend our services, or who wish a contact with their church in times of need.


We need your pictures!

We would love to get any pictures that you take of church activities. So you carry around a phone and snap pictures? Would you be willing to take a few? Would you be willing to share them. We would love to be able to post them on our website. You can attach your pictures to an e-mail and email them to pucoffice@nb.aibn.ca or bring them into the office on a data stick. For technical assistance (How do I get these pictures off my phone??!) give the office a call Monday through Friday mornings and we can try to help you figure it out.


Become Involved in your Church!

1. Church Council:

Portland United Church Volunteer Opportunities: The important day-to-day work of the congregation of Portland United is done largely by volunteers. The Nominating Committee is searching for volunteers to fill a number of positions for our Church Council, in anticipation of current members whose terms will expire during the next two years. Terms for membership in the council is for a two year period. The positions on Council consist of a number of committees (13), with chairs of each, and members for each committee (48 in total, but more added as needed).

Current vacancies for you to consider are:

- Pastoral Care (More members would be welcomed: male members needed);

- Youth Representative

Information about these positions is available in the church office in "A Guide To Our Council System". Potential volunteers who have an interest in these positions, and in providing service to the church, are encouraged to contact the church office, or by contacting Bob Bond, Chair of the Nominating Committee (672-1313).

2. Help Wanted!

Our Counting Teams are in need of some help. This job requires a short time after church one Sunday a month. Training will be provided. Please contact the church office if you could assist with this request.


Something to think about

A poem for Pentecost


by Denise Levertov c 1949

All others talked as if
talk were a dance.
Clodhopper I, with clumsy feet
would break the gliding ring.
Early I learned to
hunch myself
close by the door:
then when the talk began
I’d wipe my
mouth and wend
unnoticed back to the barn
to be with the warm beasts,
dumb among body sounds
of the simple ones.
I’d see by a twist
of lit rush the motes
of gold moving
from shadow to shadow
slow in the wake
of deep untroubled sighs.
The cows
munched or stirred or were still. I
was at home and lonely,
both in good measure. Until
the sudden angel affrighted me––light effacing
my feeble beam,
a forest of torches, feathers of flame, sparks upflying:
but the cows as before
were calm, and nothing was burning,
nothing but I, as that hand of fire
touched my lips and scorched by tongue
and pulled by voice
into the ring of the dance.

“There is a distinctive magic to Pentecost — full-blown ecstasy, an almost illicit experience of God. That first Pentecost, after tongues as of fire rested on everyone and Jesus’ friends and family spoke in other tongues, people gathered around to watch at nine in the morning. What they saw didn’t look like many Sunday morning church services. What they saw looked more like the aftermath of a party.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, What does this mean? But others sneered and said, They are filled with new wine.’ They weren’t drunk, of course, but they looked like it. Wouldn’t that be something, to be so taken up with God that onlookers think we’re drunk with sweet wine? Wouldn’t it be remarkable to ride the edge of ecstasy?” –Jack Levison

"Christians have no business thinking that the good life consists mainly in not doing bad things. We have no business thinking that to do evil in this world you have to be a Bengal tiger, when, in fact, it is enough to be a tame tabby—a nice person but not a good one. In short, Pentecost makes it clear that nothing is so fatal to Christianity as indifference."
Author: William Sloane Coffin Jr.

"Courage is fear that has said it prayers."


Worship Services

Regular services are held each Sunday, at 11:00 am.


This Week at Portland United Church

For more information please contact the office.
To book space, please contact the office.
If your activity is not listed, or if the information is incomplete please contact the office so the schedule may be updated and corrected. Please note that if your activity is not listed correctly it could lead to a misunderstanding about your priority use. We want to make sure that your group has the space it needs.

How to contact the office: In person: Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 to noon.
Phone 632-4030.
E-mail: pucoffice@nb.aibn.com
You can also leave a note in the mail slot of the church office door when the church office is closed.

Thursday 19th of May
Choir Practice
Friday 20th of May
Sea Belles
Saturday 21st of May
Sea Belles
Sunday 22nd of May
Regular Sunday Service 11 PM
Grace Communion
Amazing Grace Church in room nine
Monday 23rd of May
Office will be closed for Victoria Day holiday
Music lessons
Sea Belles
Tuesday 24th of May
CSLP (Grilled Cheese)
Music lessons
Sea Belles
Wednesday 25th of May
CSLP (Soup)
Zoomers 2 PM Gym
Music lessons
Council Meeting in the parlour 7:00 PM All welcome
Shambhala 6 PM Nursery
Thursday 26th of May
CSLP (Mac'n'meatballs)
Music lessons
Choir practice 7 P.M. Everyone welcome
Friday 27th of May
Noon Nuggets, Parlour
Music lessons
Council of Canadians
Saturday 28th of May
Sea Belles
Sunday 29th of May
Regular Sunday Service
Unitarian Universalists
Music from the Heart Recital
Amazing Grace Church in room nine


The church council will be meeting in the parlour.

Parlour doors open at 6:45.

Committees may reserve space to meet prior to the council meeting.

Please contact Donna to reserve a room.