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Augusta County Church Celebrates 150 Years of Worship

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Peasant Hill Church of the Brethren Sunday service Peasant Hill Church of the Brethren Sunday service

An Augusta County church celebrated its 150th anniversary with a special Sunday service.

Some of the parishioners from Peasant Hill Church of the Brethren are descendants of original church members, more than five generations ago. There was a lot to celebrate Sunday for parishioners at the church in Crimora. The church has survived fire and war to remain an important part of the faith community.

Church members packed the sanctuary to sing and pray during Sunday's service. Some members of the congregation gave thanks for a place to gather and worship. Others prayed for the church's future. The wooden structure just off Route 340 has survived 150 years of change.

"When it was built it was a time that the Civil War was going on and there was actually meeting in Staunton at that time to go to battle and a peace church to plan it at the time is phenomenal," said fifth-generation church member Darlene Wimer.

In the past 70 years, restrooms, Sunday school classrooms, and a pulpit were added. But the most visible change is the construction of a steeple.

Parishioners celebrated 150 years with renewal services, a picnic and dinner. The entire community was invited.

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