About Our Church

Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church strives to be a welcoming Christian community in which we all desire to work together in order to strengthen our relationship with God and with each other; to reach out to one another, our neighborhood, and our world, in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

Our worship services begin Sunday mornings at 9:30am and typically last an hour. Dress is casual. Throughout the year, we hold special services celebrating Easter, Christmas Eve, Children’s Day and Rally Day, as well as services for baptisms, prayer shawl dedications and new members, among others. A nursery is available for parents with infants and young children during worship.

In case of a weather event, please check this website or local news channels for listings and information on service cancellations.

Pastor Claudine

Pastor's Welcome

While I serve as pastor of the Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church, I always thank my God. I rejoice in the love shared through faithful discipleship over past generations. I celebrate the faith toward Jesus Christ present today in the lives of our members and friends. I have great hope for the future of our ministry in this place.

As a congregation we associate ourselves with the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut and maintain strong ties to its ministry throughout the region, but we joyfully welcome people of all denominations, backgrounds and faith experiences into our community. We are grateful for all opportunities to share our journeys of faith and to discover new gifts with which we can be empowered to serve God and the people of God.

Since the church was established in 1856 it has been a cornerstone for the small village in which it stands, and it has been a center of spiritual and social growth for the community of believers. Today I count it a privilege and a blessing to be a part of its ongoing story. At this church there continues to be a strong sense of commitment to community and outreach, and as a family of faith we are experiencing a renewal of our sense of ministry and mission, a rebuilding of our relationships with God, with one another and with the world around us, and a revitalization of our resources as we seek to understand what Christ might be calling us to do in this day and age.

Here at Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church you will find a spirit of love and warmth, an environment of care and encouragement, an atmosphere of laughter and friendship, a place of faith and witness. United by grace and prayer we gather with one another and with visitors to share worship and music that gives glory to God, to journey together in the study of Scripture so that through inquiry and discovery we might more fully understand what it is to be Christ’s disciples, to listen and learn from one another in openness and humility, to embrace the gift of fellowship, and to do the work of the kingdom in this time and this place. The hearts of many people have been refreshed by the hospitality of our congregation, the spirit of our worship, the love and concern of our members, and the strength of our outreach. This beautiful building and this marvelous ministry have been entrusted to our care, and we pray that we might be able to glorify God by tending to both. We pray that the sharing and strengthening of our faith may become more effective as we continue to see all the good we may do for Christ. We pray that God will lead and sustain us as we journey together into the years ahead.

This website reveals glimpses of some of the faces, lives, programs and ministries of faith that are woven into the fabric of the Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Church. From their love and devotion to Christ, I have indeed received much joy and encouragement. And yet the fabric is always changing, always being recreated by the vibrant Spirit of God, always open to new faces and always ready to receive new life. I thank God because my heart is refreshed by the ministry we share and by the Gospel we embrace.

Historical PBBC

Church History

The Great Revival of 1842 in which hundreds of converts were baptized in the Mystic River swelled the walls of all the area churches, both Baptist and Congregational. Two hundred folks left the Second Baptist Church on Fort Hill to start Noank Baptist, and fifty more started Groton Heights Baptist in the city of Groton. There still remained 390 members in the Fort Hill Church! The majority of these families lived in Mystic, and it was decided to move the church to its population center. The building and the congregation united with another church nearby and became Union Baptist, Mystic.

The members living in the Poquonnock area felt abandoned without a house of worship in their vicinity. Since 1830 a small group of them had been meeting as a Sunday School in the schoolhouse near the river and continued to do this after the relocation of Second Baptist. However, the constant harassment and frequent attacks upon the worshippers by a group calling themselves Infidels so annoyed them that they concluded to build their own place for worship. VOILA! PBBC!

First they built a small conference house that was just in front of where the present church building is located. It was in this conference house that the group organized itself as a church in 1856. The present building was constructed in 1871 and was only the sanctuary and the vestry below. The stained glass windows were the outside wall of the church. At the time there was only one memorial window. The AVERY window was given by a descendant of one of the original settling families of Groton. The names of seven generations of Avery sons living from the mid 1600 to 1837 are listed on it. Originally it was placed in the center of the wall, but when the organ was installed in the early 1900’s it was moved to the left side. The second window was set in as a memorial to a most beloved pastor, the Reverend Osmer G. Buddington in 1926.

The population explosion that hit Poquonnock Bridge during the 1940’s and 50’s was the catalyst for the building project that resulted in the Miner Education Building in 1955. At one point there were 400 students enrolled in the school with a teaching staff of forty.

PBBC is no longer the only protestant church in the community and the membership has declined considerably. In 2000 the church moved to a 16 member council form of organization. The officers are: Moderator, Clerk, Treasurer, Benevolent Treasurer, and Financial Secretary. The mission of the church is generally divided into four ministries: Property and Finance, Worship and Membership, Education and Discipleship, and Mission and Outreach. Standing committees are Nominating and Hospitality. The council meets monthly and the church membership meets annually the first Sunday in February. All council meetings are open and church members are encouraged to attend.

In 2006, PBBC celebrated its 150th year of service to the community. What a long and faithful journey it has been!