At People’s Church we pray for and support each other, have fun, enjoy thought–provoking conversations, generate exciting ideas, and strive to follow the Spirit's leading towards peace and justice. Faith in a loving God supports our efforts to follow Jesus in loving our neighbors and ourselves. Trusting that each person’s faith journey is unique, we wonder together about God’s active presence in and through our lives.
The Pillars of Our Congregation's Vision
Our Congregation's History
In 1879 when Bayport was known as South Stillwater, a small clapboard church called Union Church was erected and opened to anyone who wanted to worship, regardless of denomination. People would come, there would be rotating pastors and by 1916 enough people were coming regularly that they wanted to name themselves and affiliate with a denomination.
The decision was made to associate with the Congregational Society, and after a vote the church became incorporated under the name of People’s Congregational Church. The group chose Congregationalism, born out of the tradition of the Pilgrims. Congregational churches are self-governing, which allows each individual church the flexibility to worship as it believes it should.
In the mid-1930s the original chapel was torn down, and in 1939 the new church building was completed and dedicated on the site where the church now stands. The sanctuary is designed in the shape of a cross with a stained glass window depicting the ministry of Christ as the focal point. In the 1950s the church added an education wing, and during the 1970s additional stained glass windows were installed, followed by the pipe organ. In the 1990s a narthex and elevator were added, providing complete handicap accessibility, and the land was purchased beside Barker’s Alps Park to expand People’s presence in the community.
People’s Congregational Church is guided by self-governing policies and procedures, holding true to its original intentions, and the membership has never strayed from its commitment to freedom, specifically the freedom of each person to find God in their own way. People’s Church also has a rich history of supporting the St. Croix Valley through mission engagements and a variety of outreach activities.
Today, 105 years after its founding, People’s Congregational Church remains a beacon of inclusion and a respite for anyone wanting to be challenged and filled. The doors are open to all, and the hope is that anyone who enters will sense the living and loving Spirit of Christ.
What does Congregational mean?
Our Affiliation with the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches
People’s Church is in relationship with other Congregational churches through the
National Association of Congregational Churches.
STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY
"Since every Congregationalist possesses full liberty of conscience in interpreting the Gospel, we are a diverse group of people united under Christ. We believe there is strength in diversity and by it, there are unending opportunities to learn from each other and to grow in faith. There is a wide variety of thought and practice among our member churches. This, in itself, reveals an essential aspect of Congregationalism: each church, using Scripture as its foundation and guided by the Holy Spirit, determines its faithful forms of worship, governance and belief. This naturally leads to diverse worship practices, beliefs about God, and Biblical interpretations among churches." (http://www.naccc.org)