Hague The Hague Wesleyan Church was 130 yards old. But, no more.
The church has changed its name to the Lakeside Regional Church and is expanding its reach into Ticonderoga.
“Over the past seven or eight years we’ve attracted a growing number of people from Westport to the north to Silver Bay to the south,” explained the Rev. Skip Trembley, senior pastor. “We’ve grown quite a bit and decided we need a name that reflects our membership.”
Besides the name change, the congregation is now leasing the former Northwoods Wellness building on Montcalm Street in Ticonderoga. That location will serve as the church’s administrative offices — for now.
“Our (Hague) building is quite small,” Trembley explained. “We’ve had to add a second service each Sunday to accommodate everyone who wants to attend.
“Also, some people are finding it hard to travel so far for services,” the pastor said. “From Westport it’s about a 50-minute trip (to Hague). From Port Henry, where I live, it’s about 35-40 minutes. That’s a long drive, especially in the winter. Eventually, I think we’ll have services in Ticonderoga. It’s more centrally located for our members.”
Services are now held each Sunday at 9 and 11 a.m. at the Hague church at 9803 Graphite Mountain Road.
Trembley said his church averages about 200 people each week for services.
“It’s all good news,” he said. “We’re growing.”
The Ticonderoga location will also be used for parenting classes, leadership training, out-reach group meetings and other events, Trembley said.
“The location and space will allow us to do more,” he said.
Trembley, credentialed since 1976 with the Assemblies of God, began working with the Hague Wesleyan Church in 2001 when invited by then-Pastor Rusty Bissell to hold an early morning contemporary service. He has been on loan from the Assemblies of God since 2005. He has served as senior pastor, associate pastor, youth pastor, men’s ministry director and conference director.
In the last few years the Hague Wesleyan Church has become more actively involved in missions. Church members have built three churches in Haiti and sent individuals or teams to Sierra Leon, Jamaica, China, Africa and the Dominican Republic.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Hague church members made 18 trips to Mississippi in to assist in rebuilding homes. The trips included more than 120 different people and involved several churches.