Friday, June 24, 2011

FBC Kittery Point Celebrates 200th Anniversary

On Sunday, June 26, 2011, First Baptist Church of Kittery Point will host a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. commemorating its 200th anniversary.
Though the church is hosting its 200th anniversary, FBC Kittery Point is actually quite a bit older than 200 years. On September 25, 1682, a Reverend Isaac Hull and William Screven of Boston organized a Baptist church in Kittery before it was Maine. At that time, the state church was the Church of England because Maine was a part of colonial Massachusetts and was governed by the crown of England. Hull and Screven found themselves facing numerous persecutions due to their promoting a church apart from the Church of England, and their endorsement of baptism by full immersion as opposed to infant baptism. Eventually, Screven and a handful of others decided to leave Kittery with a handful of members remaining and went to Charleston, South Carolina.
There, Screven organized a church and eventually the beginnings of the Southern Baptist Convention. Though FBC Kittery Point was established earlier, it wasn’t until 1811 that it was incorporated as a church with the original name The First Baptist Society in Kittery.
In 1827, the church met in the old Brave Boat Harbor Schoolhouse. One of the Frisbee family, who were prominent members of Kittery and the church, Darius Frisbee, gave land and money for a meeting house to be built on Hutchins Corner (Lewis Square). The new church was built and dedicated in 1875 and the bell was placed in the belfry in 1885. This is the present building and location of FBC Kittery Point.
In 1961, the name was changed to First Baptist Church of Kittery Point, Maine, and an educational annex was added to the building in the ’69. The Victorian sanctuary was restored in 1973 and can be seen today. Baptist Church of Kittery Point welcomes all for it’s 200th anniversary on Sunday, June 26, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. There will be a small reception to follow the service. All are welcome to attend.
Photo caption: The First Baptist Church of Kittery Point will celebrate its 200th anniversary on June 26. (Photo by Pastor Matt Gladd)