The parishes of St. Andrew's and St. James officially merged their congregations today to from The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew in a joyous celebration which began with each congregation beginning the morning at their former locations.
Following scripture readings and a special liturgy the congregation at St. Andrew's, in Turners Falls, climbed into their vehicles and began their procession to the new parishes Greenfield campus where their fellow sisters and brothers in Christ awaited their arrival with song in front of the church.
The two congregations, with much joy and with the sound of bagpipes and singing in the background. joined together as one and processed into their new home together.
(View photos of the day here). (Check out the Recorder's coverage here). (Check out the Recorder Staff's editorial here).