All are welcome

St. Ansgar is a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) congregation of the ELCA. That means we welcome and affirm people of all gender identities and sexual orientations and their families. St. Ansgar became Maine’s first RIC congregation in January 2010 when we decided, by unanimous vote, to adopt a “statement of welcome” to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. 

But we try to go beyond just stating our welcome. We want to manifest our welcome through our everyday actions and attitudes. Check out some members' stories about why this commitment to welcome is important to them.

As an RIC congregation, we also welcome and celebrate weddings of heterosexual and same-gender couples. To find out more about getting married at St. Ansgar, contact

For more information on the Reconciling in Christ program, click here

You can find our congregation's Statement of Affirmation here.

Who we are >

Young people

Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate in the life of the church. St. Ansgar is a worshipping community that values intergenerational relationship and learning together. You and your children  and all their sounds  are welcome.

During the school year we have a Sunday School program for children of every age.  The first Sunday of every month is "Children's Sunday", where children help participate in worship through ushering, reading, serving communion, and sometimes leading music.  The sermons on these Sundays are either shorter or include active participation by all.  Every other Sunday of the month, children are excused from worship after a Children's Sermon for about 20 minutes of Sunday School time, led by two adult volunteers.  Children come back to worship in time to participate in our communion liturgy so that we all get the full experience of worshipping together.

All are sent

As Lutherans, we know we are called to live our faith outside the walls of our congregation and throughout the week. Our Sunday morning worship gatherings prepare us and inspire us to live our faith in our everyday lives. And so we participate in a variety of ministries as individuals and as a community, sharing God's love and grace through our actions.