First Congregational Church breaks ground for addition

New elevator, meeting space to increase accessibility, community use
Apr 08, 2019
Members of the First Congregational Church of Searsport pose with shovels as they break ground April 7 for a $350,000 addition that will house an elevator and more meeting space.

Searsport — The First Congregational Church of Searsport broke ground Sunday on Knox Brothers Avenue for a $350,000 addition to its building that will include an elevator and meeting space.

The congregation began raising funds for the "lift" project over two years ago in an effort to provide increased accessibility from the sanctuary and Curtis Hall to the meeting rooms and offices on the floor below. Church members quickly realized that they would prefer to “dream big” and voted to instead add an elevator and additional meeting space for congregational and community use.

Since that time, the Congregational Building Committee has engaged in design meetings to define the specifics of the project and undertaken a number of fundraising projects. To date, a little over $300,000 has been raised toward the projected $350,000 cost.

In a press release from the church, Pastor Debra Arnold said, "It is wonderful to see the congregation working together so diligently to make this space more accessible for the greater community."

The church has been a center of the Searsport community for over 200 years. The building is used for meetings of nonprofits, community suppers and events and performances by local groups. It serves as the meeting place for Alcoholics Anonymous, the Searsport Historical Society, and the Round-A-Bouts senior group, as well as many others.

For information about contributing to the Building Fund, contact Jim Rose at 548-0020. For further information about the church, go to,, or call the church office at 548-0327.

The First Congregational Church of Searsport offers opportunities for worship, service, fellowship, education, and spiritual growth for all ages. Sunday services and Sunday School are held at 10 a.m.


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