The Union Church is an active church that can be seen by the types of
activities in-house and missions which we administer and support:
Baptism, Weddings, Memorials
Blanket Ministry (Church World Services)
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Bean Suppers (6 in the summer)
Monday Community Lunchbox
Jingle Bells Christmas Fund
Four weekly Meditation Groups
Pet Food Pantry
In 1860, when the main industries were fishing, farming, and granite quarrying, a group of citizens joined together to establish a church. From this beginning until today, the Union Church of Vinalhaven has provided a faithful ministry and witness to Jesus Christ. The term “Union” indicates that from its inception the Church was meant to be inclusive and multi-denominational yet receptive to the best insights of mainline Protestant traditions. We endeavor to live a true Christian life; walk together in love, sharing each other’s joys and bearing each other’s burdens; we will maintain private and family devotions by teaching our family the teachings of Jesus; we will faithfully assemble ourselves for worship and work for the church; and we will contribute as God has prospered us, for the support of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread the Gospel over the earth.
Our Ministers and Support
Reverend Pamela Kittredge
Pamela Kittredge was born in Chatham, MA. Her father, Keith, who was born on Vinalhaven, was a merchant seaman and a fisherman. Her mother, Ruth, a Cape Codder to the core, was a homemaker and an active nonprofit volunteer. Pam’s family often visited the Vinalhaven home of her grandparents. These visits nurtured in her a deep love for the island and islanders.
Pam ministers to the Vinalhaven community through the arts. She is particularly led to the ministry of writing. You can read her blog at graniteandspruce.org.
Pam lives with Hal, an American Airlines pilot, and Penney a gentle, and pampered Maine coon cat. Pam and Hal have one daughter and two sons.
Reverend John Potter is a minister of the United Church of Christ. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Andover Theological School. Rev. Potter served the Wiscasset UCC Church for eleven years before coming to Union Church. Prior to moving to Maine in 2002, he served churches in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He and wife, Marcia, love to sail and always take their three dogs when cruising. They have three children and nine grandchildren.
Reverend John Potter
Dedicated and Caring Support
It takes a lot of work to keep things running smoothly and to execute all of our programs, and we are lucky to have a so many wonderful individuals that help.
Betsy Bates, Facility use
Candi Barton, Lunch Box, Food Pantry and Choir
Holly Sault, Christian Education
- The Union Church of Vinalhaven is supported by the VH Lions Club and The Wind publication -
The purpose of this Church shall be first, to win people to a personal allegiance to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, second to train them in Christian character and third, to help spread the gospel message of Christ throughout the world. In accordance with this purpose the Church accepts the Holy Scriptures as the foundation of its doctrinal beliefs and its guide in matters of Christian living.
Mission Statement - Drafted approximately 1860 -