Who We Are

At People’s Church we have FAITH in a loving, life-giving God and seek to love God one another. We believe that active attention to one's unique faith journey helps deepen understanding of the divine purpose for life. Our path toward God is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.

We have FREEDOM to find God in our own way. We encourage people to live authentically as who God has called them to be. The Bible provides incite about the God of Jesus Christ and guidance for daily living. We honor and encourage our human diversity because the Holy Spirit has blessed each one of us with particular of gifts.

FELLOWSHIP is a key component of our life as a community. We pray for and support each other, have fun, enjoy thought–provoking conversations, generate exciting ideas, and strive to follow the Spirits leading.

 

The Pillars of Our Congregation's Vision

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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, 103 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.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE CONGREGATIONAL WAY
"Congregational Churches are sometimes known as the “Church of the Pilgrims” after the small congregations of the early 1600’s.  The people of these congregations moved from England to the new world in pursuit of religious freedom.  From them, we inherited a wonderful spiritual heritage, one that is uniquely suited to our contemporary world. This is a tradition that has deep convictions based upon the Word of God as each person interprets that Word according to the dictates of conscience, under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.  This naturally attracts men and women of genuine conviction, of adventurous faith, and of gracious regard for each other’s sincerity to the Congregational Christian fellowship." (http://www.naccc.org)

 

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)

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