Dover-Foxcroft church marks 150th anniversary

Posted Feb. 21, 2010, at 10:48 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:05 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — At a time when Abraham Lincoln was elected president and civil war was about to engulf the country, a group of people dedicated to the Methodist ministry constructed a brick church in the former town of Dover.

That brick church has withstood decades of changes, including the marriage of Dover and Foxcroft and additions to its structure to accommodate its growing congregation.

During its 150th anniversary this year, several events are planned to commemorate the special occasion. The first will be a special service at 10:30 a.m. March 7, according to church publicist Gloria Collins.

Collins said the service will include a “visitor from the year 1860” presented by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Sheffield, a blessing of the church led by District Superintendent the Rev. Pat McHugh, and special music by Susan Ramsey, Ruth Fogg, Bonita Evans and the church choir with organist Marilyn Cameron.

“There have been many renovations to the church over the years, but the purpose for which it was built is still to be a place for the faithful to worship and to promote the love of God to this community,” Collins said Friday. “The church welcomes all with open minds, open hearts and open doors.”

Methodism arrived in Dover in the early 1800s, said Collins. According to the church history, she said, the Methodist Societies met in homes, in schoolhouses and in a church at Bear Hill that was built through the generosity of a John Merrick. After several moves to accommodate the growing congregation, the members built the “Brick Chapel,” which serves worshipers today, she said.

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