When you come together, each has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, or an interpretation.
Let all things be done for building up.
1 Corinthians 14:26
Francestown began as a small farm community with a few sawmills taking advantage of the continuously flowing brook through town fed by the 3 lakes. With the discovery of soapstone in 1792, and the construction of a turnpike from Boston to Montreal through Francestown in 1800, Francestown became a boomtown. In 1826 members of the Meeting House rejected using town taxes for financial support of the church and formed the Union Congregation Society. Doctrinal differences and further financial conflicts caused a rift between the Congregational Church and the Union Congregational Society. After splitting from the Meeting House in 1876 the Congregational Church raised funds and built the church building known as the Community Church of Francestown on Main Street in 1884. The Union Congregational Church continued using the Meeting House or “White Church”. The Community Church of Francestown became known as the “Brown Church”.
The exterior of the Community Church of Francestown has seen big changes this century. Once known as the “Brown Church”, the exterior has long been painted white. The asymmetrical steeple was removed in 1970 due to structural deterioration. Gently sloping brick paths to wheelchair access ramps were built in 2001 for handicap access to the sanctuary from outside.
The interior first floor of the Community Church remains basically unchanged since it was constructed. The horsehair plaster interior of the sanctuary is a large open room. The slanting wood floor beneath the pews is now carpeted. The visual focus of the pulpit area is the 2 podiums and the stained glass window that was redesigned in 2000. The gas light ceiling fixtures have been converted to use electricity. In the basement are the vestry, kitchen, nursery, and the bathrooms. Oil furnaces have replaced the wood stoves used for heat.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.
1 Peter 4:10
Our Outreach Committee is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight all initiatives in the areas of Christian Education, Fellowship, Stewardship, and Outreach. Among the many programs and activities which this invaluable committee supports are: Sunday School; coffee hour; Saturday breakfasts; adult Bible study; the annual Fall Festival; the Harvest Dinner; welcome baskets for the newly arrived families of Francestown; and a wide variety of benevolent fund raising.
All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
and great shall be the peace of your children.
Coordinated by the Outreach Committee, our Youth Sunday School meets every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month. During worship, youth of all ages gather in the fellowship hall to participate in a Bible-centered curriculum which is taught by an adult member of our church community. Interactive and creative lessons are designed to engage students of all levels. Sunday school is on hiatus during the summer months.
For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven.