Fulton County church holds last service
A Fulton County Church opened its doors for service for the last time Sunday.
Our Maria Valvanis has more on the community's landmark that is now, no more.
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GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- Former music director, Robert Rudolph, said "Even though this building will close, that doesn't mean the congregation and the spirit will go away. It will be in a different place at a different time, but the love from these people will continue to feed this community."
Nearly 170 people gathered to bid farewell to more than a century of worship. The First Presbyterian Church of Gloversville held their final session on Sunday. Their doors first opened 148 years ago.
"Went to Sunday school here, sang in the choir here, all three of my children were baptized here," said Pat Wilson, a former church member.
"They had a very vital active ministry for many, many years, and if you don't have enough people, or enough money, than something has to happen," said Dr. Earl Johnson, J.R., Moderator of Congregation and Administrative Commission.
That is why the church's 46 members voted to disband the church last September.
Though it is the end of more than a century worth of history, the Rev. Kathleen Chesnut tells us that it is as much of a new beginning, as it is an end.
"What we ended up doing is deciding we would close responsibly, and in a sense dance to closing, celebrate the ministry of this congregation," said the Rev. Kathleen Chesnut.
Part of that celebration will be done by dispersing the church's staple items to congregations in need. One such congregation is Mayfield Central Presbyterian Church, which is working to recover after their building was struck by lightening and caught fire last year.
"The grand piano, hand bells, we lost our chimes in the fire, so we'll now have some hand bells, some communion wear, a lot of furniture, bookcases, things like that, that we will be able to not have to buy for the new church, and that will make a huge difference for us," said Mayfield Central Presbyterian Church pastor, the Rev. Bonnie Orth.
Familiar objects will also make a difference for church members, as they are now faced with the decision of where to worship next.
"This has been their home, and now they need to move on and find a new home, its a very unsettling experience," said Rudolph.