A group of Christian residents of the Midcoast area have announced the formation of a new church community that will begin meeting with a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24.

The Pilgrim Community Church, a Congregational fellowship, will meet at 10  Knowlton St. in Camden on a temporary basis until construction of a permanent home. The Rev. Robin E. Honaker of the Second Congregational Church of Warren will serve as pastor.

The new church was formed in October with the stated purposes of focusing on service to area communities, providing a community for what the founders call “meaningful worship with both traditional and contemporary elements” and maintaining an open door — and an open mind — to new members, visitors and their ideas.

“The Pilgrim Community Church provides me, as well as other members of my family, the opportunity to worship alongside friends throughout the Midcoast region,” said George Mueller of Warren, one of the charter members of the church, in a press release. “As a Congregational Church, a prime purpose will be to reach out to those wanting to know Christ for the first time. This new purpose-driven church will provide opportunities for everyone to be Disciples of Christ while reaching out to others throughout the Midcoast.”

Other charter members include John and Sheila Barnstein of Warren; Audrey and Herb Griffin of Union; Robin, Bess and Lavaine Honaker of Warren; Barbara and Walter Howell of Spruce Head and Canterbury, N.H.; George and Jan Mueller of Warren; J. Robert and June Phillips of Union; Ruth Riley of Union; Stephen Silloway of Warren; Margaret and Fred Simmons of Union; and Cynthia Sincyr of Warren.

The new church will host a covered-dish supper gathering on Dec.18 at 5 p.m. featuring foods, crafts and caroling at 10 Knowlton St. Regular services will take place at 10 a.m. on Sundays followed by food and fellowship at 11:15 a.m. and small study group activities for all ages at 11:30 a.m.

The facility will serve both as a place for worship and for gathering in its lounge area, which is equipped for other activities that may be of particular interest to parents of young children.

For more information, contact the church at 542-3494.