|Activities and Organizations|
In addition to Sunday worship,
First Congregational Church maintains an active Church School
for children of nursery age through Junior High, which meets at 8:45 A.M.
on Sundays from September till late May. The David C. Cook curriculum is
used, augmented by teaching materials from other sources. Special activities
for the children are scheduled from time to time, including outings, parties
and special guests such as Christian magicians and clowns. The Church School
provides a friendly, loving atmosphere in which children can grow in their
knowledge and love of God.
The Adventurers youth group, affiliated with the Maine Pilgrim Fellowship, meets on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8 during the school year. Meetings include Bible studies, games, discussions, and occasional movies. The Adventurers also engage in special activities from time to time and participate in the fall and spring retreats of the state PF group.
Lunch with the Lord is a weekly, late morning Bible study that meets in the homes of parishioners. Participants each bring a bag lunch, and the host provides drink for the noon meal. It’s an informal way for folk to come together, study Scripture, and enjoy a good time of fellowship and conversation. The usual meeting time is Tuesday at 10:45 A.M. (subject to change). Call the Church at 672-3218 for details.
Growth Group is an evening Bible study that meets Tuesdays at 7:15 P.M. in the church meetinghouse or at the adjacent parsonage. This is an in-depth study that sometimes covers a book of the Bible, at other times lectionary readings, and on still other occasions a study guide written by a Christian scholar or writer. The Growth Group participants have come to be a closely-knit body of friends who pray for one another and for the wider Church. You are invited to become a part of it! Join us on Tuesday evenings.
The Chancel Choir is our church’s choral group, consisting of some twenty members who meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 P.M. under the able direction of our organist and choir director Mary Ashe Hinote. The Chancel Choir’s repertoire ranges from classical choral works to African-American spirituals to country Gospel to contemporary, making use of an extensive choral library that has been assimilated over the course of decades. New members are always welcome! It helps to have the ability to read music, but it is not a requirement. All that’s needed is a voice with which to sing!
Membership in the choir is open to all who are age fourteen and up.
The Congregational Church Circle is First Congregational Church’s women’s fellowship. The Circle was formed in 1893, though its antecedent Female Society was one of the first in Maine, dating from the earliest days of our church’s life. The original purpose of the Circle was twofold: to raise money toward the construction of the church’s new meetinghouse (built in 1895), and to provide support for Congregational missions across the country and around the world. A treasured item in our church archives is a turn-of-the-century letter from the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, signed by Booker T. Washington, acknowledging a monetary gift from the church that was provided by the Circle.
Today the Church Circle continues to support the worldwide mission of First Congregational Church, sending financial contributions to Bangor Theological Seminary as well as to several NACCC ministries. In addition, the church raises money toward the annual church budget, primarily through a well-attended Christmas bazaar held each year on the first Saturday in December.
The Circle usually meets on the third Wednesday of the month, from September through June, in the Parish House to the rear of the church sanctuary. All women in the church and parish are welcome to participate.
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