Church of the Redeemer
60 Bayview Avenue, SorrentoMailing address:P.O. Box 123Sorrento, ME 04677207-422-3955
The silence of a Sorrento Sunday morning is interrupted with the pealing of the church bell as the children tug on the rope and make as much noise as the bell itself. The compelling sound calls the community to worship and the people come, by foot, by baby carriage, by Model T Ford, and on the shoulders of mom or dad. One by one they come and fill the old oak pews…ready to sing, laugh, cry, and give thanks. The community gathers one more time, and it is good.
The Church of the Redeemer is an extraordinary place. This wonderful church was built 110 years ago by Eva Smith Cochran as a house of worship for the summer community. Services have been held every summer since the first service on June 22, 1890. Over the years an avalanche of clergy have served the congregation, some briefly, some for many years. The church is a beautiful example of early shingled architecture patterned after a church Mrs. Cochran saw in Sweden on one of her early travels. Designed by the Boston firm of Roche & Tilden and built, along with a graceful bell tower and large rectory, in the middle of what was then called Bean Point, it remains a haven of solitude and peace.
As you enter the church, you notice that your heart beats a little slower, your blood pressure drops, your anxieties seem to lessen and you have this unusual, unfamiliar sense of peace. Perhaps it is the lovely window, the shingled walls, the plaques honoring ages of loved ones, or the needlepoint cushions depicting houses, boats, birds, woodland scenes, fish and wildflowers, all familiar Sorrento sights. All of it is holy, blessed, and obviously well-loved. Most of all you feel the years of prayers that have imbedded themselves in the walls of this special place. Whatever it is, when you come here, you will not forget it and, like everyone else, you will be welcomed.