Open And Affirming Statement

We the people of the Congregational Church of North Barnstead, UCC, declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming Congregation. Following Jesus’ example and with the power of the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to work to end oppression and discrimination and to bring justice, healing and wholeness of life for all people.

We welcome into the full life and ministry of our church persons of every age, gender, race, national origin, faith background, marital status and family structure, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and physical ability, economic and social status, and educational background. Our life and ministry together includes sharing leadership, fellowship, challenges and joys, responsibilities and blessings, worship, baptisms, communion and marriages.

We joyfully embrace the dignity and worth of every person as we strive to follow Jesus’ teaching: “A new commandment I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so must you love one another.” John 13:34