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History

This congregation celebrates January 16, 1765, as it’s birth-date. Which means that we are now 251 years old.  From time to time, as we open up the records of this church to learn about the many individuals and experiences which have influenced its life and spirit, we hope to post here some articles, documents, observations and inquiries which may be of interest to members, friends and those interested in history and genealogy of New Gloucester and the Congregational Way.

HISTORY POSTS

IN THE BEGINNING  —  click red type for a brief description of the events of January 16, 1765, with a transcription of the church covenant adopted that day

Samuel Foxcroft, opening lines of a sermon on Psalm 130

Samuel Foxcroft, opening lines of a sermon on Psalm 130

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mysteries, Solved, Lead to New Questions — click red type for an explanation of the long-pondered question:  Is the old pulpit that’s been sitting in the sanctuary narthex (church-speak for foyer), which we’re now using for the anniversary year, really the original pulpit used in the 1770 Meetinghouse?  Here are some photo teases to convince you to click the blue title:

1770 Meetinghouse Pulpit?

1770 Meetinghouse Pulpit?

Panels from the Barnabas Winslow Pew, 1770 Meetinghouse

Panels from the Barnabas Winslow Pew, 1770 Meetinghouse

Pulpit of the Hingham, MA, "Old Ship" Meetinghouse

Pulpit of the Hingham, MA, “Old Ship” Meetinghouse

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Collection Box found in Vestry Wall

Collection Box found in Vestry Wall

 

 

Missions Collection Box  —  click blue type for Rev. Gard’s November 2014 Pastoral*e, which describes this collection box in some detail.

 

 

 

Can You Identify These Children?

Can You Identify These Children?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photograph can be found on page 72 of David Day’s Born in a Block House(1965).  It is identified as the First and Second Grade Sunday School, and was probably taken in the Spring of 1965.  Nona Wills has been identified as the blonde girl farthest to the right in the picture.  If you can add another name or two, please use the CONTACT US tab at the top of the page.  Thanks!

This class apparently met on the stage of the Vestry.  Note that at one time the faux leaded-glass diamond-patterned windows which survive only on the top sash, once were in all the sash, but that by 1965, the center one had been replaced with clear glass.  Now, and for a long time, all the bottom sash have been frosted glass.

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