THORNDIKE, Maine (NEWS CENTER)- Last December, Thorndike Congregational Church burnt down and with it one hundred and three years of history. The thirty-five member congregation came together to rebuild and learn what really makes a church, but it was not easy.
Pastor Paul Press said, "There were a few weeks where it looked like it wasn't going to be, but then the spirit got to move and people began to get together."
Through donations, volunteers, and a lot of patience they are finally breaking ground to start a new chapter of the church. Each of the members grabbed a shovel to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony, right next to where the old church once stood.
"The children can tell their children and grandchildren I helped build that....it's going to be quite a meaningful thing," said Press.
But the old church will not be forgotten. The congregation plans to build a memorial garden in its place with the names of old members etched in stone.
Pastor Press said there was a lesson that came from the fire, "We stopped to see what is really a church and that's important for every church to understand that it's not just the building it's what the people make in their hearts and that's a real church."
Construction will begin immediately and the congregation plans to hold Christmas service in their new home.
If you would like to make a donation or volunteer to help in the construction process the church can be reached at P.O. Box 51, Thorndike, Maine. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at Bangor Savings in Unity.