The North Penobscot Methodist Church, the second oldest church building on the peninsula was purchased and moved in 1990 to its current site and became St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church.
We Are St Francis by the Sea
Come share our journey in search of God and to serve the community. Whether you are a life-long Episcopalian or looking for a new Church home, you are welcome here.
It is the mission of St. Francis by the Sea to glorify God and to serve as a vital and growing place for worship and education. We desire to be a church whose life is centered in the administration of the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and Holy Baptism, and preaching of the Gospel.
We believe that, in order to fulfill our mission, we must love and care for one another, and reach out to others in the knowledge and conviction that the church exists for all God’s people.
We belong to the The Episcopal Church of the United States which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We embrace the traditional view of the creeds, Ministry of the Gospel, and participation in the Sacraments.
A Brief History
In 1975, eight Episcopalians met in Blue Hill for a celebration of the Eucharist with local resident, The Rev. Kenneth Anthony. Shortly there after St. Francis became a recognized preaching station of the Diocese of Maine.
Over the next 15 years the congregation grew and in 1989, the congregation faced the need for more pastoral care and space. In December of that year, it purchased the old North Penobscot Methodist Church.
A year later the old church was moved to its present location in Blue Hill in Downeast Maine and St. Francis celebrated its first Eucharist in its new home on the feast of Pentecost in 1991. Renovations followed and the building was consecrated on May 2, 1992. In 1994 its first full-time vicar joined the very active congregation.
St. Francis continues to grow as a community dedicated to worship, service and fellowship.