God planted the seed for Fireside Church in the hearts of Andy and Kate Bauer back in 2015. A passion for the local church and a desire to see people in New England know Jesus led them to explore the need for more churches in this area and what it would look like to be a part of starting one. In 2017 their entire world changed when their oldest daughter was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. They were given a very long and aggressive treatment plan with a not-so-great prognosis, and were immediately immersed in an entirely new world of pediatric cancer. While experiencing the most difficult days of their life to date, they also experienced God’s presence in an entirely new and powerful way, along with an enormous amount of support from their church family. Meanwhile, focused on our life’s new challenges, dreams of starting a church were put on the back burner and they weren’t sure when they would be able to pursue them again.
Days turned to weeks, which turned into months, and thankfully, Ellie was able to endure each step of the treatment plan. There were so many difficult and painful layers to their life and there were some weeks in particular that it felt like they could barely just keep breathing, but God was so good and so faithful to them. He used their darkest days to draw them close to Himself, and it was those very days that became the soil for which the Fireside seed would grow. With a new perspective on the hope that we have through a relationship with Jesus, and a new heart to help
others know the life that can be found in Him, they began to revisit the calling God placed in their hearts before their diagnosis. After about a year of treatment when they started to get their heads above water, they connected with some others who shared this calling and began to gather together to shape what is now Fireside Church.
The name "Fireside" comes from a favorite memory of church several years back on a family service trip in Maine, where a big group of people of all ages (newborn babies all the way up through a 92-year-old great grandmother) lived and served together for a week. The image of everyone around the fire one night at sunset after a long day of work, has always stuck. That “Fireside” environment, where people gather in community to serve and grow in their relationship with Jesus together—that is what we want church to be.
Throughout the Bible, God reveals his presence, his glory, his leading and his work through fire—a burning bush, a pillar of fire in the wilderness, the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. As a church, our mission is to spend our days “fireside,” growing in our relationship with Jesus, in community with each other, and helping others to discover life in Him.
Andy and Kate Bauer, Pastoral Team
Andy and Kate Bauer have been dreaming up Fireside Church together for the past 3 years. Andy is a native New Englander, having grown up and spent much of his life here on the Seacoast. Kate grew up in Kenya, lived in Maryland and then moved up to Massachusetts 10 years ago to marry the love of her life. They get really excited about the potential of the next generation, the impact of the local church, and helping people discover their identity and purpose in Jesus. They also are crazy about their 3 kids, Ellie, Emmie and Blake.
Conner Faucher, Worship Leader
Conner has been involved with Fireside since before it’s inception. He has known Andy and Kate since he was in their youth group. In 2015 he moved to Florida to attend the Florida School of Discipleship(FSOD) and study worship. While involved in FSOD he served and led worship with a number of ministries and spent two summers touring with FSOD’s worship band Interface Worship. He also played a key role in writing and recording their album “More than Enough.” Conner is passionate about impacting communities and cultures with the spirit and truth of Jesus through worship.