BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Nearly three years ago, a congregation lost its church to a fire, the second time in 200 years. With community support and a temporary home, the congregation rebuilt its place of worship. Their first service was held Sunday morning.
Members of the Unitarian Universalist Church were pleasantly surprised to be in their new home. The building process finished two months earlier than members originally expected.
"It's overwhelming," said church member Jean Tompkins. "I'm almost in tears. I'm just amazed at all the people that have showed up."
The new building gives the congregation double the capacity for seating, which allows them to have a single Sunday service.The building features a glass tower to let in natural light.
"This beautiful building that we're worshiping in today is a testimony of what we can do if we put our minds and our hearts together," said Skip Brimlow, a member of the building team.
Despite the damage to the church in 2011, members were able to salvage part of a stained glass window, the church bell and a bible inscribed by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow had been a member and donated the bible to the church.