The following is extracted from the the Recorder's Editorial, written by Recorder Staff, published May 1, 2017.
Read the entire editorial here.
That was quite a bittersweet and joyous celebration last Sunday when the congregants of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Turners Falls formally united with St. James Episcopal Church.
Both congregations have shrunk over the years and their merger made sense from a practical point of view.
Some members of the Turners Falls community had been attending their church since its construction in 1921, but on Sunday, they literally moved across the river in a procession of cars, escorted by police from both towns, to join their St. James brethren.
More than 100 people from the two churches gathered for a joint service. The pews in the Federal Street church were filled to the back rows with everyone from young families to elderly couples.
“This is a chance for us to combine our person-power so that we can continue to reach out to the community, in Greenfield, in Turners Falls and in Franklin County,” said Fred Momaney, part of the transition team and a Greenfield church-goer.
And that, after all, is what all our churches aspire to do, and if this change helps, then it will be for the better.
Check out Joshua Solomon's article "Church merger brings joy, tears to members" about Sunday, April 23 E-Merging Sunday when St. Andrew's Church in Turners Falls and St. James in Greenfield became one new parish: The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew. Photos copyright Recorder Staff/ Matt Burkhartt.
Check out Andy Castillo's article "Taking faith to the streets on Good Friday" about this year's new Stations in the Street led by Emmaus Companions. Photos copyright Recorder Staff/ Andy Castillo 2017.