Many local groups use our facilities on a regular basis and are open to the public:
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Supported by DownEast Intergroup, AA (Open-Discussion-Step) meets every Friday at 7pm in Jonathan Fisher Hall. 24-hour Hotline: 479-1779.
Blue Hill Bridge
Duplicate Bridge group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month in Jonathan Fisher Hall at 12:00pm., from May 1st through the end of November. Beginning December 1st, the group meets at 12:00pm and plays every Thursday (weather permitting) thru the end of April.
Community Compass is a collaboration of community members, Neighborhood Navigators, and partner organizations working collectively to break the cycle of poverty by engaging the financially struggling, reducing barriers to prosperity, and building opportunity for all citizens of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Deer Isle, Orland, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Stonington, and Surry. For more information please go to their website: Community Compass.
Walk in Cafe Free Community Coffee House
The Walk-In Cafe meets every Wednesday morning from 10 to 11:30 am in Fisher Hall. Hosted by Healthy Peninsula, in partnership with Friends in Action, Blue Hill Heritage Trust, and the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, the Cafe is open to everyone in the community. There is no cost to participate. Join us every Wednesday — and bring a friend! For more information, transportation, or to inquire about volunteering, contact Healthy Peninsula at 374-3257 or Friends in Action at 664-6016.
NAMI Family & Friends Support Group
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Maine will sponsor a Support Group specifically for family members and loved ones of individuals affected by mental health challenges. This ongoing group will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month, is free and you can start and stop at any time. The group is led by trained local volunteers and provides a safe, confidential place for people to share their stories and concerns, and to learn from others.
The Simmering Pot
In 2009, Blue Hill resident Hadley Friedman founded The Simmering Pot, and it has been housed at the Church from the beginning, with the exception of the Covid Years when in-person dining was temporarily suspended. Simmering Pot is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It provides a weekly wholesome and nutritious meal, free of charge to anyone, regardless of income, in the Blue Hill Peninsula community. Ingredients are sourced as locally as possible, supporting local farmers. More than one hundred dinners are served each week.
Meals are served in Jonathan Fisher Hall at the Church, Mondays from 2:30 to 6:00pm year round, except major holidays. All are welcome to eat in or take out. There is never a charge, but a donation basket is available. Donations from individuals and businesses help sustain the program. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Maria Matthews at email@example.com or Simmering Pot, PO Box 112, Blue Hill, ME 04614.