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Sacraments and Policies

Greetings and congratulations from Portland United Church.  As per Portland’s Inclusivity Statement, everyone, regardless of gender identity, gender expression, health, race, sexual orientation, differing abilities, life experience, religious or ethnic background, economic circumstance -- and others we have yet to discern, are welcome to participate in the rite of marriage.


We are pleased that you have chosen to celebrate your marriage in the context of the Christian faith. We hope and pray that you will find love and joy in your life together. 


The first step in arranging a marriage is to consult the Minister regarding the date and the hour you have in mind. All requests for marriage need the blessings of the Worship Committee. Please do not extend invitations or make arrangements regarding the time and date before this has been confirmed with the Minister. Should you wish to have a second Minister or Priest assist in the marriage ceremony, please consult with our minister.


The marriage license may be obtained at 15 Kings Square North (Service New Brunswick). Telephone number is 658-2500. Outside Saint John call 506-453-2385 for the nearest office. Please bring the license to the Minister at least two weeks before the wedding, so that the documents can be prepared.  THERE IS A FEE.


All music, either vocal or instrumental, must meet the approval of the organist and the minister. It is understood that the regular church organist will preside at the organ, if the organ is being used. If you wish to bring in another musician please consult with the minister.



We realize your day is special, and that it may be necessary to move some of the furnishings within the Church sanctuary to accommodate the service. We ask your consideration in ensuring that whatever has been altered be put back in place immediately following the marriage service. If you plan on leaving flowers for the Sunday Worship, please notify the minister so that your gift can be recognized. Pew markers are to be attached with masking tape.



Photographers have free reign, however, distractions should be kept to a minimum.


Photographers are asked to discuss the guidelines with the officiating clergy. The general rule is that pictures may be taken by those gathered for the wedding during the Processional, Signing of Register and Recessional. The marriage may also be recorded on Video if the video camera is stationary.


Fees and Honorariums

Portland United: The church building - $200.00 and at off-site location- $100.00

This fee is payable either by cheque to Portland United or by e-transfer via your personal bank account to the email and indicate the names of the couple being married in the memo field.  

Organist - $150;   Minister - $250 on site or offsite;  Janitor - $80.00;  Sound Technician - $80.  These fees may be waived on the ability to pay.


The fees/honorariums should be placed in envelopes indicating the persons for whom they are intended and paid at the rehearsal or before.


Baptism is a sacramental act that uses water as the symbol of Spirit’s presence.  Through baptism, the church proclaims that we are all beloved of God.  The United Church offers baptism to all ages. We believe the gift of God's love doesn't depend on our ability to understand it, so we baptize people as infants right up through adulthood.  With children, instruction is given to parents or sponsors to equip them for their child's Christian nurture. During the ceremony, which usually takes place as part of a regular worship service, everyone in the congregation pledges support for the child/children and their parents.  Adult candidates for baptism will also be invited to attend adult confirmation instruction. 


For more information, please contact our church office at 506-632-4030 or

The United Church of Canada statement of faith, entitled A New Creed, offers these words:  “In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone.”  All of us will experience the passing of acquaintances, close friends and family members. Our ministers and congregation will support you as you grieve and come to terms with the many changes that occur after a death.


Portland United Church is here to assist you in honouring your loved one and in celebrating the love of God. These pastoral services are an important part of our church's ministry and they are available to all members of the community regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, family status or economic status. We strive to be sensitive to other faith traditions when friends and family members are from outside the church. We are a Christian congregation, and this fact will be reflected in the services offered.  If the deceased or his/her family would like other clergy (minister, priest, rabbi, imam, etc.) to be invited to participate in a funeral or memorial service, such requests should be discussed with the officiating Minister, who can then extend an invitation to the relevant clergy.


Because Portland United Church understands a Christian funeral/memorial service as the natural extension and completion of a life of faith, we encourage individuals and families to consider holding these faith celebrations within the Sanctuary.  Our ministers, however, will also consider requests to officiate at, or otherwise participate in, funeral and memorial services held in funeral-home chapels and other appropriate locations.

For more information please contact our church office at 506-632-4030 or

Building Use
Portland United has a wonderful facility that is available for a variety of functions.  Please contact the church office at 506-632-4030 or by email at for more information.

From time to time, we experience weather that can affect our regular Sunday worship.  In anticipation of an impending storm which would impact our Sunday service, the Council and Worship co-chairs, the minister(s) and organist will determine if the regular Sunday service is cancelled.  This decision will be made on Sunday by 9am and the congregation will be  advised by email, via Facebook and/or a phone message left on the office phone (506-632-4030).

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