A Neighborhood Church with a Wider Calling
As the South Shore area was taking shape in the 1600s and into the 1700s, the Squantum Peninsula was rural farmland and forest, sparsely settled. Going to worship meant a long and arduous journey across the Neponset river. In fact, part of the reason Quincy separated from Braintree and Dorchester was to make it easier for folks to worship on Sundays.
At the end of the 1800s, though, Squantum was one of the growing edges of the North Quincy area. The increased development meant a greater need for a church to gather, one that could meet the needs of this unique, sometimes isolated community. During this time, Squantum was primarily a resort area with lots of summer and vacation homes and few year-round residents. The initial needs were for Sunday School to help children grow up in the faith, and for worship. Arrangements were made with the Atlantic Congregational Church in North Quincy. Rev. Thomas W. Davis of that church began to help on summer afternoons near where the Squantum fire station now stands. This group began to gather as early as the Summer of 1910.
Squantum continued to grow, and by 1912–13, there seemed to be a greater need for a full-time church in the community.