About West Parish Church

A little about us

Since 1826, when West Parish Church was founded to serve the farmers on the west side of Andover, we have been a down-to-earth and accepting community.


We have great diversity in our faith, but are bound together by our open and honest search for meaning. 


 There is nothing that you must believe to be part of West Parish: we have no test of faith and no creed.   Instead, we are united in our common search for God, for how we might follow Jesus, and how to live lives of meaning and courage.


Who you'll meet here


"West Parish Church is where I am inspired to be my best self."


Being an active member of West Parish gives me the opportunity to share my some of my gifts, my talents, in a meaningful way  –  and in a way that feeds my soul: Singing, playing the guitar, working with the youth, even leading a service now and then.


"West Parish is my place of peace, my church home, being present with the spirit and surrounded by an amazing church family."

Who We Are

We are a theologically progressive, Protestant church, where ALL are welcome to learn, grow, seek and build a better world. 

Our Vision

We are committed to bringing about Jesus' vision of compassion, justice and peace.   


Empowered by the Spirit, we strive to live our faith in service to one another, our neighbors and the world.

Since 2003 we have been an Open and Affirming congregation – a designation in the United Church of Christ that we welcome everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, race, age, ethnicity, country of origin or ability.   We are all children of God!   


At West Parish we strive to love one another as God loves us, and practice the radical hospitality of Jesus.   So you and your family are welcome – no matter what!

  • Everyone is welcome and loved
  • Our worship blends tradition with innovation
  • Children are central!
  • We work for justice and peace
  • We take the Bible seriously, not literally