Location: In the Village of Washington Maine on Rte. 220/105; 2.5 miles north of the Rte. 17 / 220 intersection
- Sunday Worship Service:
Winter Hours: (Sunday after Labor Day until last Sunday in May) 10:30 am – @12:00 NoonSummer Schedule (1st Sunday in June until Sunday after Labor Day) 9:30 am – @11:00 A.M.Adult Sunday School:Winter Hours: (Sunday after Labor Day until last Sunday in May 9:00 am – @10:00 NoonDoes not meet in the summerChildren’s Sunday SchoolMeets during the Worship ServiceMidweek Service – Prayer & Torah StudyWednesday 6:30 pmMen’s Bible Study & Fellowship
<<Open to All>>Monday 6 pm (does not meet June, July, August)Women’s Bible Study & Fellowship
<< Fellowship Open to All Ladies>>Thursday 10 am (does not meet June, July, August)
- Monthly Birthday & Anniversary celebration of church attendees on the third Sunday of each month.
- Food Bank held the first Wednesday of the month @8:00 A.M.– 10:00 A.M.
Are You New Here to the Area ?
Welcome to the ‘The Village Church of Washington, ME’. We are located on Route 220 in the heart of Washington Village.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of The Village Church is to serve God and His people through the…
Worship of Jesus Christ,
Outreach to the Community,
Relationships in Christian Love, and
Discipleship through the teaching of God’s Word.
We offer a casual non-denominational Christian worship environment with biblical messages that can be applied to life and a blend of the traditional hymns and the contemporary Christian music of our day.
We also have Sunday School for ages 3 to Adult… and a volunteer staffed nursery.
We are a friendly small town church looking to grow people in the knowledge & love of Jesus Christ. How may we serve you? Come for a visit… stay for Life.
History: The Village Church has been around for a very long time. The main structure of the building was built in 1834. Through the years several changes and additions have taken place and thanks to caring parishioners the building has been nicely maintained over the years. We have a small yet beautifully quaint sanctuary that is pleasing to the eye which enhances the worship atmosphere. In the more recent history of our church we have become a very active, mission oriented congregation under the leadership of our former pastor, Tim Lewis. In addition to our stated weekly services, Sunday AM and Wednesday PM, we have a VBS program every summer for children in Grades K- 6. We have a newly formed Ladies Bible Study taking place Thursday mornings. We are involved in local mission through the Food Bank, and we are also involved in a wide range of mission outreach through the American Baptist Churches of Maine and the Assembly of God denominations. Over the past 8 years we have been directly involved in a Short Term Mission program in which we send volunteers to serve on the mission field in La Romana, Dominican Republic for 1 or 2 week intervals.
As in many churches across our state we have an aging congregation; one of our long term goals is to stem the tide of that trend and to provide a relevant worship experience for younger families. We invite you, your family to take us for a “test drive” and give us feedback on your experience, so that we may provide better service for you and others in the future.
Everyone is welcome to come and worship and grow in faith with us, membership is not a requirement for attendance. If one wishes to join our church as a member, we believe in regenerate church membership, which means one should be born again by the Spirit of God and go through the public testimony of water baptism prior to becoming a member.
Our Statement of Faith and Church By-Laws:
The name of this church is The Village Church of Washington, Maine. The church is located in the town of Washington, Knox County, in the state of Maine.
ARTICLE II – Statement of Faith
THE BIBLE. The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is verbally inspired and completely inerrant in the original writing and is the supreme and final authority in faith and life.
2 Timothy 3:16 2 Peter 1:19-21
THE TRINITY OF GOD. God is a person who has revealed Himself as a Trinity in unity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – three persons yet one God.
Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Corinthians 8:6
JESUS CHRIST. Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man.
Matthew 1:18-25, Philippians 2:5-8, John 1:1-18, 1 Timothy 2:5, 1 John 2:1
HOLY SPIRIT. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. At every believer’s point of conversion, the Holy Spirit causes spiritual rebirth, indwells, seals, bestows gifts and baptizes the believer into the body of Christ. He continues to sanctify, guide, teach and fill the believer who walks in obedience to the Word.
Acts 5:3-4, John 16:7-13, John 3:5,
Romans 8:9, Ephesians 4:30, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 8:14, John 14:16-17, Ephesians 5:18-21
MAN. Man was created in the image of God. Man sinned and thereby incurred not physical death, but spiritual death which is separation from God. All human beings
are born with a sinful nature and nothing man can do of himself, such as good works, being baptized, joining a church or moral living can bring him into a right relationship with God.
Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, Ephesians 2:1-3
SALVATION. God’s free gift of grace to everyone who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is salvation from sin, death and hell, and includes eternal life with Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as the representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and all who trust Him as personal Savior are justified on the basis of His shed blood.
Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6, 1 Peter 1:18-25, John 3:16
RESURRECTION OF CHRIST. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His personal life for us as High Priest and Advocate.
1 Corinthians 15, Acts 1:9-11, Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:25
RESURRECTION OF MAN. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.
John 5:28,29; 1 John 3:2; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:11-15; John 14:1-3
THE LORD’S SUPPER. The Lord’s Supper is a church observance in which believers share the bread and cup as a memorial of Christ’s crucified body and shed blood.
Matthew 26:26-29, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
CHRIST’S RETURN. We believe in the personal, visible and glorious return of Christ to earth.
Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
The authority and government of this church is vested in the body which composes its membership and shall be independent of control by any convention, association, person or persons whatever.
This church recognizes itself to be an inter-denominational Christian church, with an affiliation to the American Baptist Churches of Maine. This church also recognizes its obligation and privilege to cooperate with other ABC churches and with other Christian organizations having the same Christian convictions.
The purpose of this church shall be to maintain public services for the worship of God and for the teaching and preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to win people to a personal allegiance to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; to train them in Christian living and service; to help spread the Gospel of Christ throughout the world and, in general, to promote the interests of the Kingdom of God according to the teachings of the New Testament.
ARTICLE V – Officers
Section 1: Pastor
The Pastor shall preach statedly at the worship services of the church, administer the ordinances and visit the sick and families of the church as time may permit. The Pastor shall be the Chief Administrative Executive of the church.
The pastoral relationship can be terminated by the Pastor or the church, providing a sixty (60) day written notice is given by either, or by mutual consent at any time.
The Pastor shall have an annual vacation of two weeks during his first year of service, and each subsequent year. After five years continuous service, the pastor will be eligible for four weeks vacation. The church will cover the Pastor’s supply in case of sickness or emergencies.
The Pastor shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.
Section 2: Moderator
The Moderator shall be elected annually by the church and upon election he/she will preside over all business meetings of the church according to “Robert’s Rules of Order.” There shall be a Vice-Moderator who shall preside in the absence of the Moderator.
Section 3: Clerk
The Church Clerk shall be elected annually and shall keep a complete, accurate and permanent record of all business meetings of the church, and shall maintain a complete record of membership of the church.
A. There shall be an Assistant Church Clerk.
Section 4: General Treasurer
The General Treasurer shall be elected to serve a three year term andshall keep an accurate account of all money received and paid out, and shall present a complete report at the time of the annual meeting or at such time as may be decided upon by the trustees or by a vote of the church membership.
A. There shall be an Assistant Treasurer elected to serve a three year term, but not in the same year as the election of the treasurer.
B. There shall be a Financial Secretary elected to serve a three year term, but not in the same year as the Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer. The Financial Secretary will have the responsibility to accurately document individual giving by parishioners and submit to them an annual receipt for said giving in January of the following year.
C. There shall be a Lead Counter elected to serve a three year term. The Lead Counter may not be the treasurer.
D. There shall be a team of Counters, consisting of the Lead Counter, Assistant Treasurer . and Financial Secretary. It shall be the duty of the counters to count and document the funds feceived each Sunday Morning after church. Funds received for specific purposes shall be so documented at this time. It will also be their responsibility to make weekly deposits of said funds on the first bank business day after receipt. The deposit receipt must be forwarded to the treasurer as soon as possible along with documented specific giving. This will be before next deposit is made,
The terms of the counters shall be arranged so thatone term will expire annually.
E. The Treasurer, Asst. Treasurer, Lead Counter and Financial Secretary may serve no more than 2 consecutive three year terms.
F. In the event of the absence of a counter, either a trustee or deacon shall substitute.
G. There shall be an annual audit of the church financial records.
Section 5: Church School Officers
A Church School Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent shall be elected annually
by the church. The Church Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer shall serve as Treasurer and
Assistant Treasurer of the school. The Pastor, Church School Superintendent, the Assistant Superintendent, any active SS teacher, and one deacon shall serve as a Committee of Christian Education. This committee shall be vested with power to direct the activities of the church school.
Section 6: Deacons
There shall be a board of three (3) or more deacons, each elected for a period of three (3) years or if elected to fill a vacancy to serve out the unexpired term. The terms of the deacons shall be arranged so thatat least one term will expire annually.
A. The Board of Deacons shall serve with the Pastor in the general oversight of the spiritual life of the church, provide pulpit supplies whenever needed and have charge of the Communion Service.
B. If it is determined by the Nominating Committee that no suitable candidate is available to fill a vacant position on the board and their findings are approved by a vote of the church, then the church body will have one of its members assume the duties of a deacon. (E.g. serving communion)
Section 7: Trustees
The Board of Trustees shall consist of three (3) or more members of the church, where feasible, to be elected each year. The terms of the trustees shall be arranged so that at least one term will expire annually.
A. The Board of Trustees shall have general care, control, supervision and custody of the church property, and together with the Counters and Treasurer shall be the Finance and Budget Committee.
B. The Budget for an upcoming year shall be prepared and presented for a vote of the church at the Fall business meeting in the previous year. (Example: 2014’s budget shall be voted on in October of 2013)
C.The church trustees shall not sell, encumber or dispose of the real estate or personal property of the church unless authorized to do so by vote of the church membership.
D. The church trustees shall not expend funds over $500 except by a direct vote of the church.
Section 8: Pulpit Committee
When the pastorate is vacant, the deacons shall select a representative Pulpit Committee off three (3) or more members of the church, which shall always include at least one (1) deacon. This committee shall take the necessary steps to secure a pastor. It shall investigate the merits of each candidate under consideration in regard to his/her personal character, education, ministerial records and preaching ability in determining his/her fitness for this pastorate. When a suitable person is found, the committee shall recommend him/her to the church for consideration, giving at least one week’s notice that he/she is to candidate. On the day the candidate supplies the pulpit, a notice shall be given from the pulpit by the chairman of the Board of Deacons calling a special meeting of the church to be held the first Wednesday evening following the candidate’s appearance to consider the candidate for the pastorate. A week before this meeting, a notice shall be announced from the pulpit. Only one (1) candidate shall be presented to the church at one time and a vote to call him/her shall be by secret ballot. To be given a call, the candidate must receive three fourths (¾) of the votes cast.
Section 9: Nominating Committee
The church body shall elect a Church Nominating Committee annually at the Fall business meeting. The committee shall consist of three (3) persons to nominate officers and committees to be elected at the annual meeting.
Section 10: Auditing Committee
There shall be an Auditing Committee of one (1) or more members elected by the church. It shall be the duty of this committee to audit the books at the end of each fiscal year, and give their report at the Spring business meeting.
All officers and committee members shall be active members of the church.
Section 1: Candidates for membership
The Pastor shall consider all candidates for membership.
All candidates being considered for believer’s baptism must attend an instruction class given by the Pastor.
All candidates, prior to baptism, must also take a basic discipleship course given by a deacon appointed discipler.
Following baptism, candidates will be required to finish 12 weeks of continued discipleship exercises prior to having their name brought to the church to be voted on for church membership, at which time the candidate(s) may not be present.
The candidate is to be notified of the vote of the church by the Pastor within one week.
Newly baptized members will receive the Right Hand of Fellowship soon after the vote of the church. New members shall receive a certificate of membership and a copy of the church’s satement of faith and by-laws.
Section 2: Qualifications of Church Membership
A. Such persons as confess Jesus Christ to be their Savior and Lord, and promise to live a Christian life, and have been baptized by believer’s baptism, through the process of immersion, or by affusion if deemed by the Pastor and deacons that immersion is not in the candidate’s best interest. (E.g. disability or infirmity) and have taken the required Pastor’s class and the discipleship sessions as stated above in section 1of Article VI.
B. Such persons as present letters of transfer and recommendation from other churches of like faith and have been baptized. (Discipling sessions optional)
C. Such persons who have given satisfactory testimony and evidence of being baptized members of some other evangelical church but are not able to obtain a letter of transfer; and agree to take the discipling sessions.
D. Such persons who have been baptizedby believer’s baptismbut who, due to unusual circumstances, have joined no church; and agree to take the discipling sessions.
E. Such persons who may have been excluded but who confess their errors and give evidence of repentance. Members shall be restored to active membership upon resuming participation in church activities after a review by the Board of Deacons and a favorable vote of the church.
F. Members of the Village Church who have not attended any of the regular services of the church for a period of 6 months shall be designated as inactive. Inactive members are not allowed voting privileges at the business meetings of the church. Inactive members who wish to reestablish full membership may petition the church to do so after evidence of resuming a regular pattern of attendance is verified. The Board of Deacons shall vote on the petition. Upon a favorable vote of the deacons the petition will then be voted upon by the church membership at a suitable meeting in accordance with Article VII Section 5.
The only exception to this designation of inactivity is if absence is caused by poor health or an infirmity.
Section 3: Termination of Church Membership
A. By death.
B. By letter of dismissal
C. By exclusion in all cases involving gross immorality when it is recommended by the Board of Deacons and approved by the church.
D. By being on the inactive member list for 6 months. (Which constitutes 1 full year of inactivity)
Section 4: Voting Qualifications
All active members aged sixteen (16) years and older shall be eligible to vote at all business meetings.
ARTICLE VII – Meetings
The church shall meet regularly for worship and prayer at times designated by the church body. The church may forego any service for the purpose of joining in special services with other churches.
The ordinance of The Lord’s Supper shall be observed on the first Sunday of each month as a part of the morning service, except by vote of the church or deacons.
Section 3: The Annual Business Meeting
The church’s fiscal year shall be Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
The annual business meeting of the church shall be held in January. At this meeting the annual reports of all departments of the church shall be given. At this meeting the officers and committees for the ensuing year shall be elected and any other business which may properly be transacted at this meeting may be considered.
Section 4: Regular Business Meetings
Regular business meetings shall be held quarterly in the following months: January, April, July and October. They shall be held for the purpose of conducting the business of The Village Church.
Section 5: Special Business Meetings
Special business meeting may be called at any time by the Pastor, or by a petition of three or more members, stating the purpose of desired meeting, providing a notice is given with a stated agenda from the pulpit on the Sunday prior to such a meeting. The business of voting on new member candidates can be done at any stated service, regular or properly called special business meeting of the church where a quorum is present.
A. All duly elected and/or appointed officers, committee chairpersons and /or other persons and/or their assistants charged with reporting on any outstanding business and/or coordinating with other offices of The Village Church and/or its affiliated groups will attend all regular business meetings and all special business meetings that may be called in accordance with Article VII_ Section 5 of the by-laws of The Village Church of Washington, Maine.
B. If the aforesaid officer and/or chairperson is unable to attend a meeting, such officer and/or chairperson will cause his/her assistant to attend such meeting and will provide such material and/or knowledge necessary to assure an accurate and precise report concerning any outstanding business of such office and/or committee.
Section 7: Quorum
Seven members or thirty (30) percent, whichever is less, shall be required for a quorum.
No business may be transacted at any business meeting affecting the church and/or its members with less than a quorum.
ARTICLE VIII – Amendments
The by-laws of The Village Church may be revised and/or amended at any scheduled or properly called business meeting of the church, provided the proposal is documented on paper and announced from the pulpit at least three (3) weeks prior to its being presented for a vote.
ARTICLE IX – Sales on Church Property
Sales on church property may be permitted in any area except the sanctuary, providing the purpose of such sale is for the furtherance of the Gospel. The authority to approve sales shall be vested with the deacons of the church.
ARTICLE X – Services for Individuals
All services for individuals such as weddings and funerals will be scheduled by the pastor and trustees.
In accordance with our faith and belief in the inerrancy of Scripture, there will be no same-sex marriages performed in our church or on our grounds.