In the spring of 1997, a vision was birthed in a handful of people in our community… a vision of a setting where the hurting, the depressed, the frustrated, and the confused could find love, acceptance, help, hope, forgiveness, guidance, and encouragement; a vision of equipping Christians to make a significant impact in the lives of others by helping them discover the gifts and talents God had given them.
We were convinced that this was what the church could be, and we dared to become the church God had in mind.
So with a clear vision, a stated purpose, and a handful of dedicated families, Faith Community Fellowship was born.
We held our first Sunday Celebration service on June 15, 1997 at the Holiday Inn. In September of ’97, we began to meet in homes during the week. It has been in those mid-week gatherings (called Community Groups) that we have formed intimate, authentic relationships. In April of 1998 we moved our Celebration service to the Ellsworth Middle School, and then in January of 1999, to the Down East Family Y.M.C.A.
For over seven years, in the course of conversation, as we talked about our church, the first question we were asked is, ‘Where’s your church?’ From the day the vision of Faith Community Fellowship was born in the hearts of our leadership, this had been one of the aspects of our church that made us unique in our community – and it also required some explanation.
For seven years, the pastors, elders, and members had countless discussions about our physical location. Our relationship with the YMCA was a real blessing to us. They were extremely accommodating, and they provided us with what seemed like a permanent home for six years. But in the summer of 2004, we found ourselves at a place where a permanent facility would better feed our overall vision – it was the next logical step. We identified some ‘growth-restrictors’ that we felt could be removed with a facility of our own.
So in the fall of 2004, FCF purchased an abandoned roller skating rink on five acres of land on the highly-traveled Bar Harbor Road at the Ellsworth / Trenton line. Since the roller skating days, the building had served several functions, most recently as a warehouse. From November of 2004 through the spring of 2005, a team of dedicated volunteers worked day and night to complete an unbelievable transformation. On May 1, 2005, FCF met for Sunday Celebration for the first time in our own facility.
We have been incredibly blessed… We’ve developed ministries to children, teens, women, and men. We’ve been involved in serving our community in many different ways. Our membership and leadership base has developed and expanded. And we believe we have positioned ourselves for a bright, healthy future.