Community Groups

Many local groups use our facilities on a regular basis and are open to the public:

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

AA LogoAA is a fellowship of people 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.

AA (Open-Discussion-Step) meets every Friday at 7pm in Jonathan Fisher Hall. 24-hour Hotline: 479-1779.  For more information, contact Downeast Intergroup.

Blue Hill Bridge

Bridge LogoDuplicate 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.

Bridge players are always welcome but Blue Hill Bridge does not provide a partner.  For more information contact: Tom Colwell or Will Taylor.

Community Compass

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.

Evensong Hospice Volunteer Choir

Evensong is a group of singers whose gift is to offer songs for peace and comfort in the homes and at the bedsides of those who are in transition or nearing the end of life’s journey, both in homes and in nursing facilities. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 3:00pm. For information contact Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County at 207-667-2531 or email

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.

For more information, please call (800) 464-5767 ext. 2305, write to, or visit

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 or Simmering Pot, PO Box 112, Blue Hill, ME 04614.