Pandemic ‘final bullet’ for Hallowell Episcopal church, closing under financial strain

St. Matthew’s Church in Hallowell has announced that it will close its doors for good after it is able to hold one more in-person service. The congregation of about 35 is no longer able to maintain the 160-year-old church. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

HALLOWELL — After one final future service, Saints Matthew and Barnabas Episcopal Church is expected to close its door for good.

That message came down from Senior Warden Patricia Welton-Buck in a release posted on the church’s website Oct. 24. Welton-Buck wrote that the Union Street church “no longer (has) the finances based on present pledges and resources to remain open long term.”

The St. Matthew’s Church parish was organized in 1859, and the church was built on land purchased for $180 in 1860. Later that year, the church was consecrated.

A house next door was purchased in the 1980s and a new parish hall was built in

Read More