Who We Are

The Canterbury United Community Church is an open, discussing and engaging church in the center of Canterbury, New Hampshire. We are affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Churches of NH; our roots are Congregational. We are a church family gathered to worship and serve God, to grow together, and to share friendship and fellowship. We invite you to join us in this adventure of questioning, seeking, finding and being changed by the love and power of God.

We currently have 134 active members (as of April 2nd 2017).

The mission of the Canterbury United Community Church is to provide:

  1. A spiritual focus for children and adults that transforms their lives by connecting them with God.
  2. A serving focus that strengthens and heals people within the congregation, in Canterbury, and around the world.
  3. An outreach focus that encourages people, young and old, to rejoice with us in music, fellowship and the diversity of our gifts.

We are excited about the challenges and opportunities for mission and ministry. God has blessed us in so many ways, and He is inviting us to become a blessing to others. Join us on our walk of faith as we together seek God’s presence and guidance. We want to grow in our relationship with and commitment to Jesus Christ. It is to that end that we come together as God’s family at Canterbury United Community Church.

We aim to build a strong community for those who seek a spiritual home. Let us journey together the path of Jesus Christ. You enter this church not as a stranger, but as a guest of God.

We have come to the Canterbury Church from many backgrounds and traditions. As a landmark in the center of town for many years, we reach out to the community and the world in service, ministry, and care.

The congregation is active in community service, and members generously share time, talent, and resources with local charities and national and worldwide missions.

Together we worship God, care for one another, challenge one another to grow in faith, and serve God through service to our neighbor.

We are well-known for the high quality of our ministry, our personal outreach to the community, and our strong support for our members. Such community support enriches the Church and is expressed in warm relationships of mutual respect and caring for one another. We have a deeply-rooted history as a cornerstone of the town of Canterbury, and we work closely with the town on behalf of our members.

For information on the history of the Canterbury United Community Church, visit our History page.

 

Governance

The Canterbury United Community Church is governed by a representative body known as the Church Council ??? (comprising of a representation of clergy and lay people from each of the seven dioceses. The General Synod meets once a year for three days to discuss and vote on a range of matters and issues and to determine policy and priority for the work of the Church throughout the year.) Church members and friends are welcome to attend the Council meetings, which are generally held on the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm. The Council reviews the activities of the committees, our Pastor, and budget.  The Council also makes important decisions regarding our communal Church family life, including review of changes to worship and the physical and financial assists of the Congregation.