The Heart of our Community
The church provides financial and spiritual support to many in our community, among them the Crossroads House, Salvation Army, Doctors without Borders, and Friends Forever as well as individuals in need.
The church is the center of community activities for residents, friends and family regardless of membership.
Some of our community events:
- Musical Concerts and Recitals
- Weekly Men's Coffee Group
- Bi-Monthly Interfaith Dialog Discussions
- The Guild - Holiday and Rummage Fairs, etc.
- Maude Trefethan students' Musical Performance with soup supper and tree lighting
- Summer Arts and Crafts Fair
- Monthly Community Potluck Suppers followed by a variety of interesting presentations
Important Historical Facts
- Established in 1693 with the first church building
- Replaced in 1704, a bible from the time still used at Christmas and Easter today
- Present church built in 1828, dedicated in 1836
- Joining together since 1693 to present, men and women created a strong foundation
- Original belfry cap was transformed into a gazebo in 2006
- Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 2015
Our Settled Pastor
Reverend Margaret Watson
I was born and raised in Brooksville, Florida, a small town north of Tampa known for rolling hills and orange groves. I have been happily married to the love of my life and my best friend for 28 years. Dean and I have four children and six young grandchildren. He was born in Hanover and grew up in the Hampton/Portsmouth area. Four generations of our close-knit family still live within a short drive.
I graduated from Bangor Theological Seminary in 2004, and was ordained the same year. I have served large and small churches in Maine, Florida, Connecticut, and Hawaii. I am a person of deep faith who loves the Church of Jesus Christ in all of its many incarnations. I consider it a sacred trust to join a congregation in preserving, honoring, and celebrating its unique history and traditions, while at the same time, joyfully imagining and actively working to fulfill God’s call to step faithfully into future possibilities.
Prior to seminary, I worked as a bookkeeper and tax preparer, a counselor and case manager for adolescents in Florida’s juvenile justice system, and as the owner and director of an accredited preschool. In addition to my work within the church I enjoy being an active volunteer in my community.
New Castle Congregational Church drew my attention because your beautiful, small town, coastal community feels like a wonderful place to settle down. I love the history of the island and how central the church is to the community. I was also impressed to see that your mission work extends all the way to Belize, and that you are involved in interfaith dialogue.
May God bless you and our time together as we seek God’s perfect will for the future of New Castle Congregational Church.
Grace and peace,
Director of Music
Charlie Blood, provides a concert at every service featuring our organ and baby grand piano. He's frequently joined by area musicians such as the soprano Angelynne Hinson, mezzo soprano Petra Pacaric, trumpeter Robert Stibler, Portsmouth Men's Chorus and others. Charlie also performs concerts at community events, including a recent recital with his daughter, Elizabeth. Charlie holds a MA in Music from UNH, is an adjunct piano instructor at SNHU and is a freelance musician.