Our Facility

We are blessed to have such a beautiful church building to worship in!

Our Sanctuary is of English Gothic design and designed by Ashton, Huntress & Alter.

The stained glass rose window above the front door which indicates the symbols of the four Evangelists with the Lamb of God in the center, and surrounded by a foliated design suggesting the vine. These windows were designed and made by Charles J Connick of Boston.

United Riverside Congregational Church
The whole exterior is made of varying colored split faced granite. The doorways, window trim and tracery is made of Indiana lime stone.

United Riverside Congregational Church | John E Aldred Chapel Lawrence, MA
The doors are made of dark oak.

Side Window Caption | unitedriversidechurch.org
The six side windows represent the six days of creation, with the center angels in each one holding symbols for each of the days of the week. In each symbol occurs a figure of the Creator in ruby robes and each angel is supported by an arc of different colors suggesting the rainbow. An appropriate bible verse is inscribed under each window. Medallions in the side panels of each group, twelve months in all, represent the labors of the months.

Chancel Window | unitedriversidechurch.org
In the Chancel window, Christ is represented as the principal figure, in the center, with the Virgin Mary on the left, and St John the Evangelist on the right, with their symbols below, the lily, the chalice and the serpent. The Medallion under the Blessed Mother represents the Nativity, the center one the Crusifiction, and under St. John the revelation. Revelations 21, second verse, “And I, John, saw the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down fro God out of the Heavens.” These three figures unite in indicating the Birth, Sacrifice and Promise of our Lord. Here the Vine is used again as a symbol of the church. “I am the Vine.”

The church interior reflects the Old English character of a fine church, the woodwork, the lectern and the pulpit, the Communion table and the pews, all made of magnificent  oak. The Sanctuary holds 244 seats and the Balcony, 44.