June 27-30, 2020
Will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Maine
Hosted by the Congregational Christian Council of Maine and
the Massachusetts Association of Congregational Christian Churches
THE GREAT CROSSING
400th Anniversary of the Pilgrims' arrival at Plymouth in New England.
"Jesus said to them, Let us go across to the other side." Mark 4:35
HOTEL: The Holiday Inn by the Bay is located at 88 Spring Street and is an easy walk to Old Port and the Waterfront, reserve your room by clicking here. The group rates are: a standard room with two double beds for a rate of $179 for single, double, triple, or quad occupancy; a standard king size bed room is $189 for single or double occupancy; executive edition room types, king or double/double at a $199 rate for a single or double occupancy. The discounted group rates will be extended three (3) days before and after the conference dates, based on availability. If you would like to extend your stay, please call the Holiday Inn at (207) 775-2311 or
(800) 345-5050 and identify yourself as with the NACCC. All guest rooms include a microwave, refrigerator, a Keurig Coffee Maker, and high-speed internet. NACCC overnight guests will be charged a fee of $10.00 for daily parking which is located underneath the Hotel. Any attendee traveling in for the day will be charged a discounted fee of $5.00 for daily parking in the Multi-Level lot BESIDE the Hotel. In and out privileges will be provided.
TRANSPORTATION: If you arrive by air at Portland International Jetport (PWM) which is four miles or a
15-minutes ride, or if you arrive by train or bus at the Portland Transportation Center, which is 2.5 miles or a
10-minute ride to the Holiday Inn by the Bay, please call the Hotel at (207) 775-2311 or (800) 345-5050 for their complimentary shuttle van service for all registered guests.
Ride Amtrak's Downeaster between Brunswick, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts and beyond.
SPEAKERS: Gregory Mobley is Associate Professor at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts and will deliver three inspirational Bible Lecturers. Rev. Dr. Mary Biedron, North Congregational Church, Farmington Hills, Michigan, will deliver the Congregational Lecturer. You will also have many information Workshops to attend.
ENJOY: In Greater Portland, you'll absolutely experience the quintessential Maine coast in the Casco Bay and
it's easy to explore without a car.
Visit Portland to find sightseeing tours and restaurants and there is much to do in Downtown Portland.
Trolleys offer narrated tours, and boats are lined up along Commercial Street ready to take you out on the bay.
Catch a game with the Portland Sea Dogs Baseball Team.
The Old Port is a quaint historic district with cobblestone streets and brick buildings housing clothes boutiques, gourmet food stores, and souvenir shops. It's a lively dining scene including stylish New American restaurants and traditional seafood spots by the waterfront. Ferries depart to Casco Bay Islands from the pier.
Portland & Vicinity MAP
Portland - Downtown MAPA adventure awaits you aboard the Odyssey
Enjoy a Maine Whale Watching Adventure. adventure awaits you aboard the Odyssey
Visit Dean's Sweets in Old Port and mention you are with the NACCC conference for a 10% discount.
Portland Paddle - Explore Casco Bay by paddle.
First Parish Church, built in 1825 for a congregation established in 1674, it is the oldest church building in the city.
Wadesworth-Longfellow House is a historical house and museum in Portland.
Lighthouses of Casco Bay - welcoming visitors for over 200 years are all within 20 minutes of downtown.
Freeport, Maine is a 20 minute car ride from Portland.
L.L. Bean is open 24 hours a day/365.
Optional transportation include:
- Metro Breez, https://gpmetro.org/155/METRO-BREEZ
- Amtrak Downeaster train service: https://amtrakdowneaster.com
Plymouth's Pilgrims: Their Church, Their World, and Ours
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' arrival at Plymouth. A Free Curriculum Series from the Congregational Library & Archives will be available for downloading in September 2019.