Hippity-hoppity-hippity-hoppity Easter’s on its way… to Kennebunkport! Easter Sunday really is right around the corner, and all corners of town are gearing up to celebrate. Although Kennebunkport might be a quaint little town with just over 3,000 people, there are a surprising number of churches that are open for Easter services (and even more that open once the weather gets warmer). Here are a selection of congregations – I hope I didn’t miss too many!
- Literally steps from the Maine Stay Inn lies the Village Baptist Church, and while it’s known for its musical performances, many people know it as the steeple-less church. I was certainly curious about the sudden removal of the belfry (have you ever seen that before? Because I sure haven’t!), and learned that in November 2008, it was determined that the bell tower had grown structurally unsound after a history of improper care. The original bells were removed, and the church has been working on raising the funds to have a new tower built. They’re getting close, and it will be a very exciting day when a new steeple goes up and the historic bells ring again!
- If you continue along Maine Street and onto North Street, you’ll find the First Congregational Church just before you reach a picturesque horse farm (with a Christmas tree farm in its infancy).
- Just behind the Dock Square parking lot, with lovely views of the inlet, South Congregational Church is home to a United Church of Christ congregation and is one of the most iconic structures in downtown Kennebunkport.
- Just across the bridge, you can partake in services at the Sea Road Church, an Adventist Christian congregation. It’s probably one of the few recently constructed churches in the area, but it’s strong, closely knit congregation would indicate otherwise.
- Those looking for a Catholic mass have two great options in the area. Some enjoy the unique atmosphere at St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery, occupying 70 acres along the river, and outdoor services when the weather permits, while others choose to pop over to St. Martha’s on Route 1 in Kennebunk.
- You’ll also find the First Church in Kennebunk, a Unitarian Universalist congregation with a community, rather than biblical, focus.
But if you’re not religious or are simply traveling with youngsters, there are two fun Easter egg hunts happening this weekend, one on Saturday at the Messiah Christian Church in Wells, and one on Sunday at Loranger Middle School in Old Orchard Beach. Whether your celebrating with us in Kennebunkport or at home, we’re wishing everyone a happy and healthy Easter!