Wayne and I took a scenic drive to Trinity Chapel in Kennebunk Beach which is a seaside community filled with gorgeous Victorians and wood shingled cottages. From the church website: “We have a ten week summer season, starting the last Sunday of June and saying Goodbye on the first Sunday of September. The chapel is open every day from morning to dusk, for quiet contemplation, or a noisier visit by KBIA campers. Dogs and sand are ok too. All are welcome, all of the time. The chapel is always tucked in for the winter, to open again in the spring, and by special arrangement at other times.”
The charming chapel is tucked in a little wooded area.
Everyone is welcome! Today’s sermon was an offshoot from Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.
There’s a small winding path in the memorial garden with stone benches for resting and contemplating.
Let’s go inside.
Oh! Here is The Rev Frank A Edmands who has been visiting my blog, welcomed us in advance and now in person!
It’s an endearing space.
Intimate, rustic and nautical.
No detail is overlooked. You can see that many people love Trinity and are good stewards.
The organist has been attending the chapel since he was a child.
A church mouse!
There are model boats all over the chapel. My favorite part is all of the nautical themed stained glass!
The sermon and service were as pleasing as the warm summer ocean breeze coming in from the open door.
We were invited to consider not just the metaphorical weeds in our lives but also in our hearts and minds. Specifically, love them anyway! We don’t have to like them or hang out with them, though.
Everyone we met was friendly and welcomed us. Wayne had an unexpected surprise, however.
A former colleague whom he had not seen for many years was also at the service.
There was a cookies and lemonade on the lawn social afterward. The stylish lady on the left is PJ who also reached out to welcome me prior to our visit today. It was another banner Sunday morning on our summer chapel tour!
About our 2017 Maine Episcopal Summer Chapel Tour: Wayne and I plan to visit numerous seasonal chapels in Maine over the next few months. I will be sharing our experiences here on Serene New England. You can see all posts related to the tour here. I hope you will enjoy them and would love to have you share your thoughts in the comments!