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.

Upcoming Events

The Skit – High Hopes

On August 26th Nancy Bancroft presided at our Sunday worship using the theme of hope.  Members of the congregation helped with the ministry to children

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Union Church Biddeford Pool, ME summer speakers

Summer 2020 Speaker Series

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 . . .

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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.

Union Church Biddeford Pool, ME summer speakers
Union Church Biddeford Pool, ME Blessing of the Animals

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. 

Holiday Gatherings

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.

Union Church Biddeford Pool, ME Holiday Gatherings


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.


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. . . .

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The Skit - High Hopes

On August 26th Nancy Bancroft presided at our Sunday worship using the theme of hope. Members of the congregation helped with the ministry to children in a skit–High Hopes.

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Please enjoy the dramatic transformation of all the grounds around Union Church that just occurred in late June 2020. . . .

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday at Union Church featured a parade of all in attendance, waving palms and making music.

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On Sunday, January 17, 2015 Pastor Jan led her last Worship Service as Pastor of Union Church. Watch this memory-filled video in celebration of her years at Union Church

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Marjorie Jamback

June 7, 1933 – December 4, 2019

On December 4th a dear friend of Union Church, Marjorie Jamback, died suddenly at the age of 86. Four years ago she gave this sermon in church.

Tom Bancroft

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.