An Unconventional Youth Ministry
At Mid-Coast, our Youth Ministry is wide-reaching while still being inside our building! In line with our approach to the mission-ability of our building, we share our home with several community groups who work with young people. Our building offers the physical space they need in a safe environment; and we are intentional about supporting the groups and including them in the life of our church.
There are two Girl Scout troops and one Boy Scout troop that meet at MCPC; Mid-Coast is the chartering organization for the Boy Scout troop. The scouts participate in worship on Scout Sundays (the Girl Scouts provide Girl Scout Cookies for Fellowship Hour!), are helpful stewards of our building, and their energy and enthusiasm are a great addition to the annual unloading of the pumpkins in October!
Our large fellowship hall and flexible sanctuary space is great for theater and music groups. Midcoast Youth Theater (100 youth strong and active year round) calls MCPC home for their auditions, rehearsals, and cast parties. A youth orchestra uses our sanctuary for concerts. (And an adult choral group holds concerts in the sanctuary as well – we are all children of God!)
MCPC out in the Community
We love that folks in the area know us as “The Pumpkin Church”.
It is a wonderful example of the church opening it’s doors and the community responding. These are some of the places that ministry is happening at Mid-Coast.
THE PUMPKIN PATCH
Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins! MCPC’s annual Pumpkin Patch is a lightning rod for the community – Neighbors look forward to the arrival of the pumpkins and the orange blanket on our front lawn. Grown in New Mexico on Navajo Nation land, pumpkins arrive mid-October, and scouts, youth theater folks, and an assortment of members, family and friends help with the unloading of about 1000 pumpkins!
THE FARMER’S MARKET
From late spring and into fall, you will find a small group of MCPC folks at the Brunswick Farmer’s Market. The main reason we go is to simply be present in the community. It is a joy meeting new people and sharing fellowship with passers-by. While we’re there, we also share about MCPC, and even have some baked goods, preserves & relish, and small craft items for sale.
Sometimes a visitor to the area stops and says “Hi”, drawn to our table because they are a member of a Presbyterian Church in their home town. Talk about a connected church!
MCPC at the Farmer’s Market began in 2015. Our table is now at the Friday Brunswick Farmer’s Market from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (weather permitting).
HYMN SING & COMMUNION AT MID COAST SENIOR HEALTH CENTER
We gather for the singing of hymns and the sharing of Holy Communion – residents at the MCSHC & MCPC folks – on the first Tuesday of the month at 3 PM. Come sing with us!
Even with memory impairment, everyone remembers the hymns they sang growing up. It is incredible to see the recognition and delight in each face as we sing, connecting with folks who are unable to be in church. After singing, we extend the Lord’s table to share communion with those who are gathered.
BRIGHT START EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
It is our joy to provide space and support to the Bright Start Early Childhood Center which serves children ages 2 1/2 through 5. Bright Start provides a high quality learning environment and loving atmosphere. more information…
THE MCPC CHRISTMAS FAIR
The Christmas Fair is a special (and busy) time of year at Mid-Coast. This annual event, held in mid-November, serves as both fellowship and fundraiser. PW (Presbyterian Women) leads the event. Congregation and community enjoy the spirit of community at this event. Arguably the best part of the fair is the jams, jellies, relishes, and baked goods for sale. YUM! The fair also sells Christmas items and crafts, and light lunch fare.
MCPC supporting Community Organizations
MCPC also recognizes that we have a role in supporting the work of existing community organizations. Mid-Coast was a part of the creation of some, and has affiliated with others over the years as church members felt called to service in the community.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – 7 RIVERS MAINE
MCPC is a covenant church with Habitat for Humanity and participated in founding the local chapter. Our activities include local builds, fundraising walks, and working at ReStore. We had the joy to host the 2018 HFH-7 Rivers fundraising walk!
AMERICAN RED CROSS
MCPC sponsors one or two community-wide Blood Drives each year – typically held at MCPC.
Tedford, active throughout Maine, offers shelter and homeless prevention services. MCPC participates in their Meal-A-Month program in Brunswick, providing a nutritious meal for 20 every 4th Monday of the month.
THE GATHERING PLACE
The Gathering Place is a Brunswick community center for anyone who wants a warm, safe and (usually) quiet place where they can find coffee and snacks, puzzles, books, card games, a computer, people to talk to or just a quiet corner to rest in. Several members of MCPC were part of its creation; and our 2017 Reverse Advent Baskets included support for The Gathering Place.
MID COAST HUNGER PREVENTION PROGRAM
The Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program includes a Food Bank, Soup Kitchen, and Food Pantry. MCPC supports MCHPP through collecting food for their Thanksgiving Baskets, food donations at our Fall Fashion Fling, and as recipients of our Reverse Advent Baskets.