Friday, January 31, 2003
A new sanctuary at last for the Congregational Church
The Carlisle Congregational Church joyfully celebrated the opening of their new sanctuary during the weekend of January 25 and 26. There was an open house for the entire community on Saturday, and a dedication service on Sunday. Both were well attended and members of the congregation welcomed new visitors and old friends. A brief service was held on Saturday, and a full dedication service on Sunday. Tours of the building were given by the building committee and other members of the church, and a brief ceremony was held to thank all those whose "fingerprints" were on the project. Refreshments were delicious as well as abundant and a good time was had by all.
The new faci lity is beautiful beyond the hopes of those involved, as well as those visiting. The new sanctuary has seating for three hundred, new comfortable pews, beautiful chandeliers, the carpeting and pews are color-coordinated in shades of crimson, and the
Members of the church have waited a long time for these renovations. They originally moved from the "old church" at 50 School Street in 1970, when they just outgrew the space there. At that time, the new building housed only Sunday School rooms and the Paul F. Swanson Fellowship Hall, plus a few offices. The Swanson Fellowship Hall was an all-purpose room, serving as a temporary sanctuary and a recreation hall for eating and entertainment. This required the setting up and tearing down of tables and chairs for many social functions, and resetting as an auditorium. Many of you will remember the Pancake Breakfasts on Old Home Day, the "Kids Night Out and Sleepovers," and the Janet Gates Peckham Concerts, among other things. All of these required a fast turn-around for Sunday services the next day.
Now at last, after 33 years, a new separate sanctuary, narthex, and library have been built. This also involved the tearing down and rebuilding of the kitchen, relocating the offices, and a whole new heating and septic system. The church feels that it can now do the same things as before, but can do them much better and more efficiently. In simpler words, a new facility with easier function, while offering the same message. Check it out.
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