DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — There is no politicking, no pecking order and no agenda at the Family Worship Church, only a genuine love of the Lord, according to the Rev. Jim Colley.
Colley and about 125 people held their first Sunday service at the former Mayo Street school one year ago. As the population at the services grew, the church relocated to Center Theatre, where attendance has grown to about 300 people.
A celebration to observe that one-year milestone will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 8. Colley is assisted in his ministry by the Revs. Shawn Darrah and Brent Mangus.
“People are coming because they know that people aren’t there just to be seen, but they’re there because they love the Lord and they want to help others, and it’s been very refreshing to hear that,” Colley said Thursday.
The church started out with only the Sunday morning service, but has exploded into many programs, special events and ministries, according to member Pati Harris. She said this week there are Sunday schools for adults and children, Bible study classes for adults, teens and children, college and career activities, a monthly Bible study for men and women, and vacation Bible schools.
Harris also noted the church had a popular Christmas cookie box ministry. Volunteers baked cookies and packaged them in small decorative boxes, which were delivered after the Christmas Eve worship service to people working that night. This included employees at gasoline stations, nursing homes, the Piscataquis County Jail and convenience stores.
Churchgoers have organized a building fund to construct a new home, but Colley will continue to minister from the theater. Colley said a contract would be signed soon to continue the use of the theater until October 2011.
“There’s a very good relationship between the Center Theatre and the Family Worship Center,” Colley said. “Even though there is a building fund in process, our plans are to stay there at least two more years.”
For information about the church, visit its Web site at http://familyworshipcenterdf.org/what_we_believe_6.html.