Official Tourism Site for the Greater Portland Region of Maine


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Places of Worship

Family Friendly Church in the heart of Portland

There is a wide selection of places of worship that will welcome you whether you are only here for a while or if you've extended your visit. History enthusiasts should check with the church for tour options and schedules.

The history of the First Parish Church of Portland is directly linked to the founding of the city of Portland and to the earliest settlers of this area. Portland was originally called Machigonne by the native people who first lived here. In the fall of 1632, George Cleeve and Richard Tucker settled near the junction of what is now Fore and India Streets in Portland and established a fishing and trading settlement. They called their settlement Casco.

Like many of the men and women who joined them here, they were coarse, practical, sturdy, and fiercely independent. As one historian of the era notes, the men who emigrated were from the nature of their circumstances the most active, hardy, daring, bold and resolute spirits, and probably the most mischievous also. This historian suggests that the earliest settlers of Portland, Maine had a strong dislike of authority and had a difficult time fitting into normal society.

First Parish Church - Portland

The church gathers for public worship every Sunday at 10 AM and throughout the week for a variety of meetings and programs. Their mission is to nurture the spirit, to grow in community and to help heal the world. First Parish stands at both the historical and the contemporary center of Portland. The central location, 425 Congress Street, which they embrace proudly, calls them to spiritual witness and public service. They believe there are four essential ingredients necessary for spiritual growth: a commitment to serve and advocate for others, a willingness to accept and give support to one another; an openness to learning and to exploring life’s mysteries and a disciplined spiritual practice of one’s own choosing. They also believe that church and fun are not mutually exclusive.

Eastpoint - South Portland

The Point Community Center was designed to provide a place for people to engage with the Greater Portland community, seven days a week. The 92,000 square foot multi-use facility is located just minutes from the Maine Mall and Portland Jetport at 345 Clarks Pond Parkway. The Point features an indoor multi-use turf, NCAA regulation basketball court, 1,550 seat auditorium, a smaller 200 seat auditorium, 100 seat cafe with catering options available, 10 classrooms, 3 conference rooms, a 3-story children’s playscape, event space, and plenty of onsite parking. Sit and enjoy a cup of coffee in their cafe while your kids play on the playscape, meet friends for lunch, get involved in one of their programs, or join in for a service on Sunday in their 1,550 seat Auditorium. The Point offers a wide variety of classes and activities for all ages, and their space is available to be used for special events or as a meeting facility. The Point is home to Eastpoint Christian Church which holds two services on Sundays, 9am and 11am.

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