ForestSong, the Fort Kent Community Choral Society, will present an afternoon concert of gospel music for the Christ Church Congregational 120th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, September 18, 2011.
The group is looking for singers of the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus and the community to join them in singing such old favorites as “Down to the River to Pray,” “Do Lord, oh Do Lord,” “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep,” “Oh Come, Angel Band,” “Come thou Fount of Every Blessing,” and other sacred songs from the 1890s, when the church was built.
Christ Church Congregational, the little white church located on Pleasant Street, will host its 120th celebration during UMFK’s Homecoming celebration.
Rehearsals will start Thursday, August 18 beginning at 7 p.m. at the church. All singers are welcome. Please contact Dr. Mariella Squire at (207) 834-7824, or just come by.
Christ Church has been a partner of the college since the first years of both institutions. The church building was built to serve the spiritual needs of the Protestant faculty of the original Madawaska Training School, and was sometimes called l’eglise l’anglais (the English Church) in the old days. It is now the oldest continually operating Protestant church community in the Valley, and the oldest Protestant church in Fort Kent.
The church’s bell, now housed on the church lawn, was donated by Major Dickey, who established the college, with support from other early campus personnel.
Christ Church Congregational currently is affiliated with the national United Church of Christ, and is open and welcoming to everyone from every walk of life. It is a mainstream, moderate, inclusive worship community with a focus on doing good in the community. Services are Sundays at 10 a.m.
Forest Song is jointly sponsored by Christ Church Congregational and the University of Maine at Fort Kent.