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!

2015 and Mid-Fall at Portland United.....

Certainly now in the throes of the season, but with the recent weather the wind has now taken most of the leaves from the trees, and Nature is now truly in a slumber mode....the season rest is about to begin before the next season arrives. Winter is a time of more glorious beauty as the snows begin and the scenery changes yet again. We will soon be in Advent - and the time of the arrival and birth of Jesus - and that means a further time of preparation, for the Christmas season will soon be here. We have paid homage to the brave veterans - those still amongst us, and those we remember in our thoughts and hearts, and we now have the time to reflect on the freedom that they truly have given us, considering the recent events that have taken place in other parts of the world. Let us never forget the sacrifices that were made, and let us make this a world to truly be at peace. With the change in the calendar we have also been blessed to welcome to our Portland family our new minister - Rev. Sally Budge, and her husband Bob, to our church. We are so pleased to have Rev. Sally with us, and she held her first service with us on Nov. 15. As part of the welcoming to Portland we held a congregational luncheon after the service, in which members were able to make their acquaintances with she and Bob. Settling in will take time, for we have welcomed Rev. Sally to the Maritimes, New Brunswick, their home in Grand Bay-Westlfield, Saint John, and to Portland. We are looking so forward to share our church and time together, so please make sure you get to know Rev. Sally. As we begin the new season we invite you to join us for our seasonal services, with our Portland family, and to share the fellowship we so warmly provide.


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.




A Special Concert for the Season.......Don't delay in getting your tickets!


- Honour our brave men and women who served for us -


Pastoral Care Committee: A reminder for those wishing a visitation

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. The Pastoral Care Committee will be meeting on Tuesday June 23rd.


New Scout Group Commissioner

Welcome to Kyle Geldart, the new Group Commissioner for the Portland United Church Scouts. John Moffatt who has lead our Scouting groups for the last few years has stepped down and Kyle has taken his place. We are not yet certain if it will be possible to find leaders for the Scout Group this year so their meeting night has not been set.


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

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

- Fred Rogers

"I don’t know much. But I know that each time I see something heartbreaking on the news, each time I encounter a problem outside, the answer to the problem is inside. The problem is AWAYS me and the solution is ALWAYS me. If I want my world to be less vicious, then I must become more gentle. If I want my children to embrace other children for who they are, to treat other children with the dignity and respect every child of God deserves, then I had better treat other adults the same way. And I better make sure that my children know beyond a shadow of a doubt that in God’s and their father’s and my eyes, they are okay. They are fine. They are loved as they are. Without a single unless."

- Glennon Doyle Melton

"Courage is fear that has said it prayers."


“A Christian community should do as Jesus did: propose and not impose. Its attraction must lie in the radiance cast by the love of brothers.” ― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

“Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace.” ― Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace: God's Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it.” ― Stephen Colbert

“We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” - Madeleine L'Engle

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don't need a lot of money to be happy--in fact, the opposite.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

“God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time


Worship Services

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


This Week at Portland United Church

Sunday 15th of November
Service led by Rev. Sally Budge
Potluck in gym following service
Kidney Foundation Memorial Service
Unitarian Universalists
Monday 16th of November
Taking names for the Christmas Exchange
Tuesday 17th of November
CSLP (grilled cheese)
Stepping Stones meeting in Sanctuary
Bible Study potluck at 6 PM
Music Lessons
Wednesday 18th of November
CSLP (mac’n’ cheese )
Pastoral Care meeting
Thursday 19th of November
CSLP (chicken noodle soup)
Choir Practice
Friday 20th of November
Melos Trio Concert
Saturday 21th of November
Pass potluck 6 PM
Sunday 22th of November
Service led by Rev. Sally Budge
Grace Communion

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

Future Events


Tree trimming

Friday November 27th

PUC Christmas Concert

December 7th

Women of Portland lunch