SAXTONS RIVER -- The congregation of Christ’s Church will have a special service on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. at the Saxtons River Historical Society, the former Congregational Church, which merged with the First Baptist Church many years ago.
After meeting in both churches, the larger Baptist Church became the permanent place of worship. On Sunday, a service of worship will recall the history of the two churches as Richard Anderson presents the results of his research on the subject. Donna Anderson will lead worship and the congregation will join in singing favorite hymns from the 1800s accompanied by the 100-year-old Jesse Woodbury tracker organ, which has been repaired for the service.
After the federation of the two churches, services were held in both churches for many years, with summer services in the Congregational Church, and winter services in the larger, and better heated Baptist Church. Eventually all services were held in the Baptist Church and an addition to the building made space for a larger congregation and church school.
In the 1970s, the Congregational Church was sold to the Historical Society for $1 and the building has been well maintained as a museum. The sanctuary was redecorated in historic colors which complement the beautiful stained glass windows.
Everyone is welcome at the Sunday service which will be followed by time of fellowship and refreshments.