We're Rebuilding FBC in 2023 - Please Help!

It's been a long journey since that fateful night of the fire in October 2018 when our beautiful church burnt to the ground. After the outpouring and love and support we received from family, friends, the community and people from around the country, we felt God calling us to rebuild His church in downtown Wakefield once again.

We didn't think it would be easy, but with COVID and everything else in this world, it kept getting harder and harder to believe we'd ever get it done. Cleaning up the property after the fire was extremely expensive. The cost of building materials and labor have gone through the roof! Twice in two years we had building designs quoted by builders, and twice we had to go back to the drawing board to make it fit our budget. But we're ready and exited now --and we're asking for your help to get us over the finish line to meet our budget shortfall. We're building a new building for a new day, and the good Lord willing, we'll break ground in the spring of 2023 to build the new First Baptist Church of Wakefield!

In case you don't know, or even remember how we got here, read on...

On the evening of October 23, 2018, minutes after a rainbow was seen arcing over the church, the steeple of the First Baptist Church was struck by lightning and quickly became a devastating 7-alarm fire.

The burning church could be seen from many towns. The Tall Spire, visible from across Lake Quanappoit, appeared to be engulfed in a tower of flames. 

What had been a fixture in Wakefield as a vision of faith, hope, and beauty became a fiery inferno in minutes. 

This GoFundMe page is dedicated to supporting the First Baptist Church in the aftermath of the devastating fire that destroyed the historic 148-year-old building. Jean McBain, the church’s treasurer, will be handling the disbursement of these donated funds.

The church has been working with LDa Architects (www.lda-architects.com) to create a design for the new church building, and we hope to break ground in the spring of 2023.

All gifts donated to this GoFundMe effort will be used to build and furnish the new church on the corner of Common and Lafayette Streets in Wakefield. We plan to create a welcoming building for the church and community members with much-needed space for cultural, artistic, private, and civic events. We believe that by God's grace and strength, and your support together we'll create a new church building for a new day!

To read more about our current ministries, check our our website: https://www.fbcwakefield.org/ministries

Even without a permanent church building, we've been able to conduct several of our missions over the last couple of years. Here we are with the "bags of hope" we created for people in Wakefield and surrounding communities who are homeless and in crisis.

For years, we've collected and delivered gigantic bags of toys to the Wakefield Police for the "Toys for Tots" program. 

And we continue to be a congregation of people who love our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and seek to share and serve Him in all that we do. 

Thank you for reading our story. 

Your Friends of the First Baptist Church of Wakefield
  • Eric Sidmore 
    • $150 
    • 2 d
  • Bryan Riffle 
    • $10 
    • 2 d
  • Weina Dorsky 
    • $250 
    • 3 d
  • Susan McDonough 
    • $50 
    • 3 d
  • jill auld 
    • $100 
    • 3 d
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Organizer and beneficiary

Emily Brown 
Wakefield, MA
Jean McBain 

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