WHO WE ARE
Union Church is a Protestant Congregational Church and is independently run by several church boards including deacons, trustees, finance, music, religious education and other Committees. It is in fellowship with the Pilgrim Association of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ and the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and with all churches which seek to promote the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our fellowship reads "Where people count, and Christ is honored." and "The purpose of this church is to worship God, to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to celebrate the sacraments; to experience Christian fellowship and unity within this church and the Church universal; to render loving service toward humankind; and to strive for righteousness, justice, and peace."
The ‘Union Religious Society in the Towns of Weymouth and Braintree’ was organized by 28 hope-filled folk in 1811. The ‘Union’ in our name is based upon the fact that several denominations were represented in the new congregation. Our first house of worship was designed by the noted architect, Charles Bullfinch, though not specifically for us. In truth, the building was originally the Hollis Street Church in Boston which, our frugal forbearers learned, was to be torn down and replaced with a larger edifice. So it was partially disassembled and floated to the Landing where it was unloaded and put together again. It stood north of the rail road tracks on Quincy Avenue across from what is now Lucid's Funeral Home. On June 19th 1897 sparks from a passing train burned the building to the ground saving only the deacon's table and two chairs which reside in the sanctuary. which was constructed in 1898.
The new structure was built on our present site in 1898. The Paul Revere Bell was recast and is housed in the steeple of the current building . Our tall and stately spire is, we trust, a beacon of hope to all who pass by or view it at night from afar. A significant addition was dedicated on October 2, 1960. It included the Chapel, several classrooms , ladies parlor, social hall and kitchen. In 1996 yet another addition occurred with an elevator, handicapped restrooms, renovations to the kitchen and alcove room off the social hall.
Through its long history, Union Church has strived to witness to the grace and goodness of Jesus Christ in word and deed. And we welcome you to join us in our ministry!
ARE YOU HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE?
Our building is handicapped accessible with short ramp at rear door and elevator for access to the lower social hall. Accessible restrooms are available on the upper and lower floors.
WHEN ARE YOUR WORSHIP SERVICES?
Worship is held at 10 am September through mid June with summer worship at 9:30 am.
DO YOU HAVE NURSERY/INFANT CARE AND CHURCH SCHOOL MINISTRY?
We offer all grades or Sunday School and child care is available during regular and most special services. Our modern nursery is staffed by adults and assisted by high school students. We cater to infants to three year olds with older children joining our Sunday school classes. All of our teachers have been Cori checked, and we have a safe church policy for our church.
WHAT ABOUT YOUTH GROUP?
Our Junior High youth meet at 5 p.m. each Sunday, with Senior High meeting at 6 p.m. Come and join in the fun!
SPECIAL WORSHIP CELEBRATIONS
An Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service is held each year in collaboration with the churches in the Braintree Clergy Association, and we also participate in the yearly community Interfaith Prayer Worship event.
We offer Advent worship on Sundays at 10 am and two services on Christmas Eve - a family worship at 6 p.m. with a beautiful candle light Lessons and Carols service at 9 p.m.
Our Lenten Worship includes an Ash Wednesday Service, Ecumenical Wednesday evening worship with local church communities, A moving Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m., as well as an Easter sunrise service on the front lawn with our Easter Worship at 10 am.