GUILFORD -- Each year when spring gardens are in full bloom and flags are flying for Memorial Day, Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ, remembers loved ones who have passed away with songs of remembrance and by planting flowers in the memorial garden. It is also the day the Shirley Crockett award is offered to someone in the church community whose spirit embodies Christ’s call to love and compassion. This year the award goes to Jeremy West, an eighth grader and Guilford resident whose gift of poetry has been a inspiration time and time again to the junior youth group and congregation. The award will fund his attending an interfaith summer camp as a representative of the church community.

Music on Sunday, May 25, will include the traditional tune "Shirley of Guilford" written by Tony Barrand for the Rev. Shirley Crockett on the occasion of her ordination in 1994. This marks the 20th anniversary of that day.

Other anthems include "My Old Friend," a folk tune in honor of loved ones who have passed this year, and "To My Old Brown Earth" written by Pete Seeger to mark his passing this past year.

Pastor Lise Sparrow will share Shirley Crockett’s story of the peepers with the children and the homily will be based on scripture in Psalm 66, 1 Peter 3:13-22 and John 14:15-21, reflecting on trial and release, as significant stages in the journey of faith. During Sunday School the children will learn about John’s dream of heaven and the tree of life.

Guilford Community Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. The building is fully handicapped accessible and hearing assistance and an ASL interpreter are provided. The church is one mile south of Brattleboro, past exit 1 on Route 5 and left just beyond the Guilford Country Store.

For information call 802-257-0994 or 802-257-2776 or check out the website at www.guilfordchurch.org. Everyone is welcome.