Welcome to Raymond Village Community Church, United Church of Christ

Creating Community

Bingo Brunch – Our way to do a social gathering during the winter months, was a lots of fun! Everyone brought dish to share and there was plenty for everyone. Prizes included bags of candy, Christmas items, sudoku game and some household goods. The last game was a 50/50 payout of the pot and the winners were…. Judy and Brenda!

Be The Influence Coalition (BTI) has partnered with the Opportunity Alliance and the City of Portland to bring our community a monthly webinar health series to help with the many isolation, health and behavioral health issues that we are all dealing with.

Historically we have been a community  church, committed to strengthening our ties to the Raymond Community and providing opportunities for fellowship throughout the Town.

Here are a few of the ways we encourage community here in Raymond:

Pot Roast Suppers
– We historically put on five public suppers during the summer and fall.   During 2020, we realized we could still put on a supper as long as it was take-out. We are continuing that tradition in 2021.    Our 2021 suppers are take-out only. Orders are made in advance and pick-ups are scheduled to avoid unnecessary contact.  Supper dates are June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, and October 9.

Raymond Arts Alliance (RAA) – Changes have been made in the RAA group. It is still an active group however it will now be a committee within the Raymond Village Library. Event listings, calendars and volunteer opportunities can be viewed at the website for the library. Raymond Village Community Church continues to support this activity and believes that it will continue to encourage and foster community through the arts. Our church will continue to provide space for events and promote these activities.

Knitting & Crocheting Group – Started in 2019, this group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Everyone in the community is invited to attend. Initially a group to provide a source for learning and sharing this craft, it has evolved to provide social contact and charitable projects. Knitted and crocheted prayer shawls are one of these projects but also knitted caps for the Seafarer’s Mission. For 2021 the group will focus on children’s hats and mitten, hat’s for the Seafarer’s mission and socks for Grace Street ministry.

Past Activites

Sweetheart Brunch – Each Valentine’s Day a special brunch is provided for all to come together and celebrate. This heart themed brunch is a wonderful way to celebrate the spirit of love on Valentine’s Day.

Free Community Meals – Throughout the year we provide free meals to our community. We have partnered with RSU 14’s Katahdin Program allowing their students to bring their kitchen to our community.

These meals provide an opportunity for our community to get together and make new friends while enjoying a home cooked meal.  See https://www.pressherald.com/2019/12/06/students-take-to-the-kitchen-for-community/

For more information on any of these events and activities, please e-mail us at office@rvccme@org

LINE DANCING, YEAAAH!!!! The Raymond Village Community Church council has approved us for starting dancing again on June 2!!  Classes will be in the Church Vestry Thursday and Friday. Friday being beginner and a slower pace. All classes will run from 10:00-11:30. Masks will be optional. If you are fully vacccinated, you do not need to wear one, but feel free to do so if you are more comfortable. Looking forward to seeing some new faces as well as our dedicated familiar ones. Lets get moving!! Your instructor: Rachel Knights, 207-655-4284, email: rachelscountryhearts@yahoo.com.