Portland United Church
St John NB

E2K 1Y5





Who we are

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!



Church Address

Portland United Church
50 Newport Crescent
St John, NB E2K 1Y5
Canada
Phone: (506) 632-4030
Fax: (506) 634-8507
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Church Pastor

Rev. Sally Budge
Rev. Sally Budge
Minister
50 Newport Crescent
St John, NB E2K 1Y5
Canada
Phone: (506) 632-4030
Fax: (506) 634-8507
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Quote of the Day
John 14:1

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

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Administration

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Donna Stephens   Edit
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50 Newport Crescent, St John, NB
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Portland United Church St John Service Times

Worship Services

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

Online: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvOSLDr_1-ki-8MdFZQpGgQ

Service Times last updated on the 15th of July, 2020
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Sunday School / Children and Youth Activities

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Sunday School

The Sunday School meets during the Sunday Morning Worship Service. Presently there are 3 classes:

Kindergarten Class – 3- 5 year olds meeting in Room 9

6,7 & 8 year olds class meeting in Room 8

9 years old and over meeting in the Parlour

There are also occasions when Open Sessions (For All) are held.

The Sunday School conducts two worship services each year: on Picnic Sunday in June and the White Gift Service in December. The children make ornaments for the sanctuary Christmas tree and place them on it the Sunday the tree is officially lit.

Last year a few members of the older class helped make the Advent and Thanksgiving Banners that hang in the sanctuary.

A supervised nursery for infants (less than 2 years old) is available on Sunday mornings from September – June.   Edit
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Other activities & ministries

We are proud to have a large, enriching array of groups and activities. Here is a partial list:

Bible Study
Centennial School Hot Lunch Program
Senior Choir
Outreach Program
Portland Quilters
Prayer Circle
Scouting Groups
Sunday School
United Church Men (UCM)
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Special Needs

Our services are wheelchair accessible. Hearing aids are available at our services.   Edit

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Office Hours:

Monday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm;

Tuesday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm;

If the door is locked, please try the doorbell.   Edit


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History of Portland United Church St John

Portland United Church History

As early as 1824 members of Germain Street Church met at the home of John Evans to discuss the advisability of building a Methodist Church in the part of Saint John known as Portland. In 1826 the Rev. Richard Williams began holding regular worship services in the home of John Owens. It soon became evident that a church building was necessary.

The land for the new church was given by the Speaker of the House of the Assembly, the Honorable Charles Simonds for the consideration of a "Peppercorn" per annum. The frame of the church was donated by John Owens, a Trustee, who advised that should he ever become pour, the frame would be paid for. Mr. Owens never needed the money. On June 7, 1829 the "Wesleyan Chapel" was opened for public worship becoming the first place of worship in the Parish of Portland.

The growth of the congregation made it necessary to enlarge the "Chapel" in 1839. On August 26, 1841, a shipyard fire destroyed this center of worship. A new church was built and opened for worship on June 5, 1842. This new church was destroyed by fire on October 20, 1877; just four months after the "Great Saint John Fire". Undaunted, the congregation immediately decided to build another church and on October 10, 1881, the new church was opened for worship. The congregation remembers the kindness of St. Luke's Anglican and Main Street Baptist in making facilities available during these trying times.

The Daily Telegraph reported, "When the old church was rapped in flames, they were sad hearts and the outlook was gloomy and they thought it was impossible to rally for a new church but their faith was practical and they did not sit down and moan, instead they put their shoulders to the wheel and hence another church."

In 1904 the Young Men's Association Hall was built providing gymnasium facilities. Portland has always held a great interest in sports. During the early part of this century the "Big Team" were the city and New Brunswick Basketball Champions for three years. Sports continues to be of high interest today with Portland, sponsoring a hockey team, "The Portland Flyers" many times champions of the Church Hockey League, and an Annual Golf Tournament.

On December 1968, a decision was made to sell the existing church property to the Urban Renewal Commission and relocate the congregation. The decision to locate where you worship today was made by the congregation on December 21, 1968. The first worship held in the new building was on June 21, 1971. Since the building was opened, an Apartment Building, Newport Village, has been added to serve the housing needs of Seniors, single-parent families and the physically challenged.

The United Church Woman and its predecessors, the youth groups, the choirs, the United Church Men, the boards and committees of the church have concentrated their efforts on bearing witness to Jesus Christ in all their endeavors. Whenever possible, facilities are shared with the community for a verity of events.

Much of the credit for the beauty of the sanctuary and usefulness of the entire facility goes to those who were on the building committee. Their pictures can be seen along with pictures of the former church and ministers, in the hallway. The organ, the front woodwork, the lights and any of the stained-glass windows are from the former church building.

The congregation hopes and prays that it will be able to continue to do God's work for many years to come.   Edit


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The power of Christian prayer God's Promise
Jesus gave His life so that you do not have to carry your burden. He knows this burden hinders you from having eternal life. He knows your sin burden hinders you from living the abundant life that God created you to live. He knows your sin hinders you from experiencing joy and peace that has no bounds and hinders you from receiving all that God has promised and created you to receive.

You just have to ask.
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