Update for November 20
125TH ANNIVERSARY / HISTORY OF WALLINGFORD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Since we are celebrating the work of the trustees, we are also focusing on and illustrating how the church building grew and changed over the years. In 1888 construction started on the original chapel that became the Walling- ford Presbyterian Church. The first worship service in the chapel took place in 1889.
As one faces the chancel today, the three window openings on your left and the two windows on your right were both part of the original chapel. The front wall of the chapel would have been where the beam with the small yellow card is located. Note that there are pipes sticking out of the wall. These pipes that have been capped are the original gas pipes that fueled the gas lanterns that it the chapel.
You may also notice the little yellow cards on the door jamb as you leave the sanctuary and enter fellowship hall. The near wall of fellowship hall was the back wall of the chapel. Behind the plaster is the original outer stone wall.
What is now the chancel was the original choir room and a classroom. These areas were separated from the sanctuary by a wall with a small archway and a heavy deep red velvet drapery.
The first addition in 1929 extended the sanctuary one more window on each side to the next beam (see yellow cards). To maintain the original chapel façade the whole front wall of the church was removed stone by stone. Each stone was numbered and laid down on the lawn. The church was extended and the front wall and entrance was replaced.
At the same time the Social Hall and the classroom downstairs were added. Next week look for another set of cards that illustrate the addition in 1953. Today, during fellowship time, we will have 125th items available for purchase, then again in December. Also, you can purchase these items at any time from Pat Kelly in the church office.