Spencer Church destroyed by fire and working to rebuild

SPENCER, Mass. – It's been a little more than a year since a massive fire destroyed a historic church in Spencer. A solitary bell tower and empty foundations now stand where the iconic white building once stood on Main Street.

On June 2, 2023, a fire destroyed Spencer's First Congregational Church and almost everything in it. Rev. Bruce MacLeod said they had just met with an architect to begin the process of designing a new building.

The new multi-purpose space will still be a place of worship, but it will not have pews in order to accommodate other events and meetings. MacLeod said the new building is a nod to the past and reflects the direction the church will take in the future.

“I expect it to be a white frame building. We're talking about a bell tower to go up, it won't be as tall but at least something because it's kind of a symbol for the community and for the people of the town,” MacLeod said. “When they come over the hill and it’s like we’re home.” This is where we live. So I think there's an interest in trying to do that. It will be multi-use and it will really help them do the things that they feel called to do.

MacLeod said there is no timetable for the rebuild, but work could begin as early as fall or early next year.

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