Augusta County Church Celebrates 150 Years of Worship
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.
150 years with renewal services, a picnic and dinner. The entire community was
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