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Music Director Bio’s:

Please join us in welcoming our two new Music co-directors.   We were fortunate to find two very qualified candidates that were interested in sharing the duties of Music Director for First Congregational Church.  Below is a little bio that each candidate provided for us as a way to get to know them a little better until we can meet again in the sanctuary

Barbara Berry:

I’m very happy to have joined forces with Katherine Mayfield to serve as a co-Music Director at the First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport.

Music has always been primary in my life, whether singing, playing the piano, accompanying choruses, or teaching. With a Master’s in Education from Lesley University, I have taught music both privately and at Berwick Academy for nearly twenty years ( choruses, school plays, classroom music, private lessons and recitals).

As an active church musician for many years, I have served as Music Director both at the West Scarborough Methodist Church and Alfred Parish Church, as well as assisting in music programs at North Saco UCC Church and the Sanford UU Church.

In non-Covid times, I am an adjunct professor at York County Community College teaching and directing the first for-credit music performance course in its history, the YCCC Chorale.

I am also a painter of landscapes and portraits, with a piece newly added to the permanent collection of the Brick Store Museum. As a member of Maine Women in the Arts, I have shown my work from the port to Portland!

I am the proud grandmother of seven wonderful and active grandchildren, between the ages of 2 and 12! Luckily, two are close by in Falmouth, with two more in Burlington, Vermont and another three in Brooklyn, New York.

For my personal balance and rejuvenation, I love to kayak, bike, and walk our beautiful beaches as well as the many nature trails in the area with my husband Paul and our 2 year old rescue pup, Murphy.

It’s an honor to be here and I look forward to getting to know all of you more in the near future.

 

Katherine Mayfield:

Katherine has had her fingers on piano keys since she started lessons at four years old.  She regularly plays lounge music at Clay Hill Farm Restaurant in Cape Neddick, and has also played at the White Barn in  Kennebunk.  She has worked as organist and music director for Cape Neddick Baptist Church, First Congregational Church in Kittery Point, and Stratham Community Church in Stratham, NH.  She also plays piano for private parties, corporate events, weddings, wedding receptions, and ballet classes, and accompanies vocal and instrumental student recitals. Katherine has acted as Music Director and pianist for Pippin, Man of La Mancha, and Company, among other musicals, and has played for many more.  She is very grateful for the presence and joy of music in her life.

Katherine is also a published author.  Her books include a memoir about growing up in a dysfunctional family, The Box of Daughter, as well as a book of humorous essays, The Meandering Muse, a book of poetry, The Box of Daughter and Other Poems, and books on recovery from bullying and dysfunctional family dynamics.  Her website is www.Katherine-Mayfield.com.  She also enjoys reading and gardening, and loves cats and walking in nature with a deep, abiding passion.

Katherine has lived in St. Louis, Denver, L.A., New York, and Western Massachusetts.  She is very happy to be living in Maine, and likes it here more than anywhere else she’s lived.

 

Minister:

First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport is seeking a part-time minister, approximately 20 hours/week. The salary and benefit package will follow Maine UCC guidelines, with a salary of 23-28k and roughly 5-6k in benefits. First Church has a small active membership of only 25-30 people. We are located at 141 North Street in the beautiful seaside community of Kennebunkport. The website is www.firstchurchkport.org. Our immediate need is for spiritual support to get through the pandemic and to relieve some of the burden on the executive committee. Primary responsibilities will include pastoral care and weekly messages of support and encouragement for the duration of the pandemic.  When appropriate, regular interaction with our music co-directors, monthly meetings with the executive board and other committees, and community involvement will resume.  Candidates should be ordained, experienced in dealing with a small, primarily retired congregation, outgoing, ready to help grow the church, and able to work with volunteers. Knowledge of the bible and a good sense of humor are expected.

A cover letter, resume, and references should be mailed to the address above for consideration.

A thorough background check will be completed when a suitable candidate is found.