Over 20 years ago Ballard Vale United Church made the decision to get serious about hospitality and become a Reconciling/Open and Affirming congregation. In church language, that means that we have a pretty good history of seeking greater inclusiveness in our church for persons whom Christianity has often discriminated against. This means that our church family includes people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people (glbtq), we are church that tries to resist racism, we have worked to make our church more accessible by our ramps and working elevator, we take justice and the actual lives of people seriously. With over 20 years of this journey celebrating diversity behind us, we are even more excited and committed for our future.
Sunday service is held in the sanctuary at 10:30am and is one hour in length. After the service there is a coffee hour for all members and guests with light refreshments. Coffee hour provides us with an opportunity to connect with friends and meet with people visiting Ballard Vale United Church for the first time. In July and August, we worship in Shaw Hall (access by the Clark Road door, larger of our 2 parking lots) it’s cooler and more casual for the summer months.
Children are always welcome to Ballard Vale United Church. All children are invited to participate in our junior sermon which takes place 20 minutes into the service. After the children’s sermon, children can go to their Sunday school class or remain at their seat. For children under age four, nursery care is provided.
Communion is provided the first Sunday of every month and ALL are welcome to participate in communion regardless of faith. Communion consists of bread and grape juice. There is also gluten free bread available to those with dietary sensitivities.
Wear whatever you are comfortable in! Whether it is a suit or jeans, dress or pants – we are interested in meeting you.
Meet Our Pastor
Our pastor, Rev. Will Green, comes to us from St. Nicholas UMC in Hull, MA where he served for the last 6 years. Pastor Will is a life-long United Methodist who grew up here in Massachusetts and has also worked at churches on the Cape and in Newton.
Where is the church?
Ballard Vale United Church is located at 23 Clark Road in the Ballard Vale section of Andover. From Route 93 take Exit 42, Dascomb Road towards Andover. In approximately 1 mile turn right onto Clark Road. Less than a half mile down Clark Road, Ballard Vale United Church is on the left.