Friday, 18 May 2018 17:07

First Congregational Church in Brewer discusses disbanding Sunday

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BREWER - Two hundred and eighteen years ago the Brewer Congregational Church opened its doors for the first time on a hill overlooking the Penobscot River.

Now, the church is struggling to survive as attendance and revenues have decreased over the years.

Parishioners are meeting Sunday to discuss the situation and what to do about it.

"It's a session where all members are going to bring their ideas and we're going to discuss them, and look at the feasibility of them and go from there,” said Lynne Carlisle, a back-up board member for the church.

The church's back-up board has been working since January on options and even issued a survey for church members to find out what they want to happen.

Added to that decision, was Pastor Grace Bartlett’s recent resignation. Her last day was Easter Sunday.

The decision of parishioners also impacts Brewer Boy Scout Troop 1, a club that predates Boy Scouts of America by four months. They have called the church home since the troop was chartered on Oct. 25, 1909.

The discussion and vote is scheduled for after 9 a.m. services on Sunday, or around 10 a.m.