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Broad Bay Church - National Fund For Sacred Places
2016 Cohort

Broad Bay Church

(United Church of Christ)

Waldoboro, Maine

Founded in 1983 in a local home, Broad Bay Church is a progressive congregation in Waldoboro, Maine, now based out of a restored 19th-century church.

Broad Bay Church courtesy Broad Bay Church

Broad Bay Church courtesy Broad Bay Church

2016 Cohort

Broad Bay Church

(United Church of Christ)

Waldoboro, Maine

Founded in 1983 in a local home, Broad Bay Church is a progressive congregation in Waldoboro, Maine, now based out of a restored 19th-century church.

In 2002, First Baptist Church of Waldoboro moved to a new building and sold its historic church building to Broad Bay, which at the time had been meeting in rented space. The building was designed for First Baptist Church by Maine architect Samuel Melcher and was constructed in 1838 as a simple meetinghouse with a small bell tower. A larger bell tower, as well as a new entry, Gothic windows, and new pews, were added half a century later.

Broad Bay Church has always welcomed and celebrated people of every age, race, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, religion, and economic background. The congregation cares deeply about issues of poverty and equity in the community. The church contributes to a food pantry, hosts free concerts and a monthly community meal, provides school supplies to children, and facilitates home repairs for families struggling financially. Broad Bay Church also supports domestic violence awareness programs and runs an advocacy program for LGBTQ teenagers. The church shares space with the local garden club, historical society, and the Restorative Justice Project Maine.

A $250,000 National Fund grant with over $500,000 in matching funds raised by the congregation allowed Broad Bay Church to work toward its commitment to preserving the historic church. Work included stabilizing the steeple; renovating the narthex for increased safety, security, and ease of access; adding a ramp that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to the front of the building; and completing other urgent repairs. As a result of this project, Broad Bay Church developed an increased understanding of how the church building can enhance its vision of a “Place for All” and deepened connections with community partners.

Broad Bay Church courtesy Broad Bay Church

Broad Bay Church courtesy Broad Bay Church

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