History of Safe Harbor UCC

It all started when Reverend Dusty Pruitt moved to Delaware. A group of family members and friends decided that it would be a wonderful idea to start a UCC in Sussex County – after all, we already had a pastor that we all liked.  The nearest UCC was an hour away and we all wanted something closer to home.

  • 3/22/08 – Our first organization meeting for dialogue and discussion.  22 people attended.
  • 4/27/08  – Follow up organization meeting with 15 people present.
  • 6/04/08 – Meeting between Rev. Pruitt and John Deckenback (Conference Minister of the United Church of Christ’s Central Atlantic Conference).  Rev. Pruitt received permission to explore a house-church style New Church Start in Sussex County,
  • 6/07/08 – Third exploratory get-together.
  • 6/18/08 – The Milton House Church decided to move to a once-a-month setting so Rev. Pruitt can attend and help organize other house churches in Sussex County.
  • 7/02/08 – Election of Clerk/Treasurer and Assistant Leader.
  • 8/24/08 – Rev. Pruitt met with People’s Church of Dover Trustees and received “sponsoring church” status from them to us.
  • 10/05/08 – Voted to call our church “Safe Harbor Community Church”.
  • 11/02/08 – Voted to allocate money for a Thanksgiving Turkey dinner for a family.
  • 12/08/08 – Voted to change name to “Safe Harbor United Church of Christ”.  Voted to provide dinner for the same family last month.  Stuffed 40 bags with toiletries and distributed them to AIDS Delaware and Sussex County AIDS Council and 2 homeless shelters to give to their clients.
  • 2/01/2009 – First discussion of advertising.
  • 4/05/09 – Moved Milton House Church meeting to 2nd Sunday of the month.
  • December 2009 – Purchased  and distributed Christmas gifts for one family with children.
  • May 2010 – Safeharborucc.org is up and running.  Voted on advertisement.
  • July/August 2010 – our advertisements air on Cable TV
  • October 2011 – we moved to St. John’s Church in Milton and twice per month worship started.
  • October 2011 – Safe Harbor UCC officially becomes an Open & Affirming church.
  • December 2011 – First Annual Congregational Meeting and election of Church Council; Safe Harbor’s Constitution and Bylaws approved.
  • March 2013 – Safe Harbor applies to become a Church in Full Standing
  • May 18, 2013 – At an Ecclesiastical Council, Safe Harbor UCC is unanimously affirmed as a Church in Full Standing with the CHesapeake Association of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ.