UNION, Maine — People’s United Methodist Church, Union, dedicated a fully-enclosed lift between the two levels of the building on Sunday, June 9, during the morning worship service.
Installed by Maine Accessibility of South Portland and local contractors Harold Wentworth Jr. of Union and Alley Electrics and Electronics of Warren, the lift represents an important step towards the church’s mission to serve all in Christ’s name.
As District Superintendent Rev. Beverly Stenmark said in her dedicatory remarks, the lack of an elevator was the missing piece in the church’s handicap accessibility. Members of the congregation and others who use the church building can now move easily between the upper level sanctuary and the lower level fellowship hall, where the kitchen and restrooms are also located. Great care was taken by the contractors to preserve the ambience of the building’s historic interior. Pressed tin paneling was removed from the walls to facilitate the installation and was then replaced on the hoistway housing. The purchase installation of the lift were funded by a bequest, support from the congregation, memorial gifts, and a grant from the Anthony Gardner Fund of the United Methodist Foundation of New England.
1. L to R: District Superintendent Rev. Beverly Stenmark, Pastor Rev. George L. Hodgkins, Jr. and contractor Harold Wentworth, Jr. stand in front of the new lift, while Mildred Melgard prepares to use it.
2. The lift stands in the corner of People’s United Methodist Church’s historic sanctuary.