News & Events
News & Special Events at Union Church
We hold many events during the year that offer opportunities to gather, share a meal, enjoy a special holiday, and we always welcome those in the wider community to join us.
Our 20th Annual Summer Speaker Series 2021, Rekindling Our Love for This Living Earth, will take place again this summer as we welcome great thinkers, writers, and activists to participate in our 20th Anniversary celebration of earth. As with every series, 100% of proceeds go directly to charitable partners . . .
Summer Speaker Series
For the past 19 years, Union Church and the Biddeford Pool Community have welcomed authors, poets, and writers to join us during our annual Summer Speaker Series that takes place during the months of July and August at our church. All proceeds are used to support our Outreach efforts on behalf of local and international groups that serve those in their communities, including Seeds of Hope, Stone Soup Food Pantry, Ever After Mustang Rescue, and Saco Meals. A complete list of organizations we support may be found on our Outreach Page.
Last summer, we gathered via Zoom to listen to our speakers which included, Ann Hood — New York Times Bestselling Author and Editor’s Choice Author, Michael Koryta — New York Times Bestselling Author of 15 Crime Fiction and Supernatural Thriller, Abdi nor Iftin — Refugees International Advisor & Author and Colin Woodard — New York Times Best Selling Author, Historian and Journalist as well as a popular public speaker, most recently on Maine’s Bicentennial.
Blessing of the Animals
Each year in the late summer, early fall, we hold a Blessing of the Animals at our church. We welcome all in the community to join us and bring their animal companions for a blessing. We collect donations to benefit the local Animal Welfare Society and other groups who care for animals.
We hold wonderful and fun suppers and parties to celebrate time together, including Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo, Easter Breakfast, and our Advent Fireside Chats. Friends from the wider community are always welcomed at these events.
We have hosted retreats for Advent and Lent, a Women’s Spirituality Retreat and A Spirituality for the Second Half of Life
Mental Health Support Group and Wellness Group
We have offered opportunities for ongoing support and conversation around topics of wellness, living with or loving someone who is dealing with mental health concerns, and other gatherings to support one another in mind, body and spirit.
Previous Events at Union Church
Union Church has observed some important moments in recent years, including the Memorials of beloved members of our church community as well as the retirement of the long-serving Pastor Jan Hryniewicz.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
The Annual Animal Blessing occurred August 21, 2019. About a dozen dogs received a blessing from Pastor Paula and some gifts for each were given. . . .
The Skit - High Hopes
PASTOR JAN – 15 YEARS OF FRIENDS AND MEMORIES
Union Church and the Bancroft family celebrated the life of Thomas R. Bancroft, who died in February 2020, with an outdoor Memorial Service on a beautiful summer day. Later in the day on that August 26, 2020 a Zoom Memorial Reception occurred so that nearly 90 friends from near and far could come together to celebrate his life and our collective memories of Tom.
Tom Bancroft gave a very personal sermon to us about his life journey exactly two years before we celebrated his life in the Remembrance Garden at Union Church where his ashes are now interned.