St. Peter's would like to express their gratitude for the invitation and representation on the Annual Holly Tour this year. We truly appreciated the visitors who participated in the History of the church, as well as the Labyrinth. The Rev. Virginia Carr, rector, was very disappointed not to have been available for welcoming.
A special thanks goes out to the Rev. Carr for her dedication and creativity as well as the parishioners who supported the Event. Notably our local historians Marybelle Beigh (organist) and Albert King for their wealth of information, Franklin Werren for his guidance in walking the Labyrinth, and Pat Sciarrino (Senior Warden) for her invaluable facilitation skills. People loved it.
The talented as well as skilled Ms. Marybelle provided demonstrations of our organ and the use of its chimes. The "Odell Pipe Organ" was donated by Westfield natives from the Fargo family in 1896. Her enthusiasm for history and love music is a joy to experience.
Incorporated in 1830, St. Peter's began with a box-shape, flat ceiling (about half the present Nave), and two stained glass windows on each side. It is the "oldest extent church in the area" and offers a rich history of changes.
Why the use of a Labyrinth within its maze-like structure? Found to be used by Christians as early as the fourth century, it has provided a tool for personal Meditation and devotion. Widely known in the Middle Ages, its use served as a substitution for the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. It's a walk through life, centering, and Holy listening. The circular path emphasizes the ultimate encounter with Christ at the center.
Generations of dedicated individuals have made St. Peter's their center for Worship, community service, and Christian ministry to the world. Our history is built upon the numerous actions of faithful men, women and children. This is the real story of this parish; as it is today, tomorrow, and into the future.
To learn more: visit us at our parish at 12 Elm St., Westfield, pick up a brochure, go online (www.stpeterswestfieldny.org), or give us a call (326-2064).
Mark Allen is a Westfield resident.