Founded 1892

"Holding Forth the Word of Life" 

History

In 1992, under the leadership of Chaplain John Rasberry, the Chapel was presented a bronze plaque by the Town of Melbourne Beach to commemorate listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

 A Historical Place of Worship

Our Chapel is has served as a place of Worship in the Melbourne Beach area for over 120 years.

After Services at the Chapel 

 

The Caring Christ-Centered Chapel

"Holding forth the Word of Life"

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of Melbourne Beach

 
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Worship Times

Services at 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM

Sunday School at 10:00 AM

We are Christian

The Community Chapel ia a Christ-centered house of worship, Protestant, non-denominational.

Location

On Ocean Avenue in the heart of Melnourne Beach next to the Post Office. 

Chapel's 112nd Birthday

January 12, 2014

CCMB Birthday Cake

Media Files

 

MediaBeginning June 2nd, Sunday School will be featuring "Kids of the Kingdom" - a fun series of Bible stories, music and crafts. 9:30-10:30 Sundays.

Bulletins

Bulletins

Chapel Bulletin from Sunday Worship - Upcoming events, contact numbers and more.

In the Beginning:

The oldest church on the beaches, the Community Chapel of Melbourne Beach, was built in 1892. It has withstood the elements and the changing of the times for over a century.

Life was arduous for these pioneers who settled this rugged peninsula amid scrub, palmettos, wild animals, snakes and mosquitoes. Transportation was by ferry and a barge across the Indian River and handcar on tracks on Ocean Avenue.

 

 A handful of residents who were the initial leaders formed a Sunday School known as the "Melbourne Beach Union Sunday School". Later, the "Union" was deleted. Then it was decided to become permanently non-denominational in order to reach out to all people.

 The usual place of worship was in the home of Miss Grace Cummings, which was called "Myrtle Cottage" and was situated just east of the present chapel in what is now our parking lot. It was designated as an Historical Site in 2010.

(Below) Commissioner Infantini and Pastor Secret at the Myrtle Cottage Historical Marker dedication.

(more photos of the ceremony)

Commissioner Infantini and Pastor Secret at Myrtle Cottage Marker dedication

The chapel beginnings were not without trauma - enduring fire, floods, hurricanes and lightning strikes. At the turn of the century the pace was slow. Church services were still seasonal. The pulpit was supplied by mainland ministers.
Bridge over the Indian river
In 1922 the span over the Indian River between Melbourne and Indialantic was completed. That same year the Town of Melbourne Beach was incorporated and electric power was extended to the town.

The hurricane of 1924 struck and undermined the Chapel's foundation. Extensive renovation was required and services did not resume until 1927.

In 1929 the trustees engaged Reverend Walter Lamphear as the first salaried minister. In 1937 a constitution, a charter and petition signed by 43 congregational members was submitted to the Town of Melbourne Beach for incorporation.

Reverend Lamphear was succeeded by Dr. Vincent R. Booth (1939-1943). It was during his ministry in 1942 that major renovations were made to double the seating capacity from 70 to 140 and also increased the size of the chapel. Transepts were added on the east and west sides forming a Latin Cross.

Under the ministry of Chaplain Roy Terry (1982-1988), a retired Air Force Chief of Chaplains, year-round worship services were initiated. Chaplain Terry's dream for the Chapel was to build a Fellowship Hall by the Centennial year of 1992. Although he died in 1988, the Roy Terry Center for Christian Fellowship was dedicated January 10, 1992 on the Chapel's 100th birthday.

Retired Air Force Chaplain John Secret has been serving since July, 2000. In recent years, the Chapel developed a large adjacent lot into a parking lot and completed a major refurbishing of the pews and floors.

Although the Chapel endured the onslaught of the 2004 hurricanes, the Terry Center received major interior damage. The rededication of the totally renovated interior was conducted in September 2005.

With a deep appreciation for its tradition and history, a strong vision for the future continues in fulfilling our mission as "The Caring Christ-centered Chapel".

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