CAMDEN, Maine — “A group of pilgrims, of pioneers, that’s what you are,” reflected a guest at the recent installation of the Rev. Robin Honaker as pastor of the newly formed Pilgrim Community Church — A Congregational Fellowship in Camden.
At the installation, the church also welcomed local and national visitors. The service included the music of Penobscot Bay Ringers, who welcomed worshipers with their unique blend of bells. Julie Burgess, Pilgrim church pianist, added her interpretation of traditional and contemporary Christian music. Debbie Drake lifted her voice in praise in the Christian country music genre. The Band of the Warren Baptist Church provided contemporary music. The service also included a pictorial presentation that recorded the history of the church’s journey to the present point in its ministry. The service, held in the First Congregational Church of Rockland, was followed by a reception.
The young church, recently received as a member of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, welcomed national church leaders and members of local churches to the installation.
The church focus is on ministries which meet spiritual and physical needs within the larger midcoast Maine area. Ministries already in motion include a prison ministry, a keyboard ministry to share worship with those unable attend worship services, and a bread board ministry.
The church is preparing its fall educational program for adults, teens and children as it makes ready to reach out in new ministries envisioned for the church. Already, the new church has received national acknowledgement for its service as a purpose-driven church.
The church conducts worship service at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Teen Center of the Penobscot Bay YMCA.
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