Press-Republican

August 16, 2013

Heritage Sunday to be observed


Press-Republican

---- — CROWN POINT — A special service will honor Crown Point’s 190-year-old Second Congregational Church Meeting House in the hamlet of Ironville.

At 9:30 a.m. Sunday — almost 190 years from the time that the Rev. S.L. Herrick, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Crown Point, began holding services in a rural portion of the community known as Ironville — current members and the pastor of First Congregational Church and the United Methodist churches of Crown Point will join with the Penfield Historical Society and others in a Heritage Day Service at the old Second Congregational Church Meeting House.

The church records show that at a special meeting of the Congregational Society in 1846 “The Second Congregational Church of Crown Point” was formed.

Congregationalism, inheritors of the free spirit of the Separatists that left England aboard The Mayflower in 1620, came together as a Christian community to build a church home where all would feel welcome, where all had a voice in the path they believed God was directing them.

This special service will bring together friends and families from the area.

It will serve as a bridge from the days before electricity and electric organs to this time of computers and microchips, the Rev. David Hirtle of First Congregational Church said in a news release.

Led by Hirtle and Pastor Gregg Trask of the Crown Point United Methodist Church, the service will recall hymns played on the historic pump organ by Patricia Knapp, scriptures, prayers, anecdotal information and messages for both children and adults.

“Special music will fill the air as folks from all over join to worship,” Hirtle said. “All of this will join not only tradition but the hearts of faith that sustained those original worshippers and still is relevant to this day.”

Hirtle and Trask have issued a challenge on this particular Sunday for friends and members of the parish to attempt to “pack a pew” with their own friends and family much as would have been done in the early days of worship in the greater Crown Point area.

“The faith of those early settlers carved out of the wilderness of the Adirondacks a church building in 1845 and dedicated in October of that year,” Hirtle said. “The building cost $1,600 and boasted a basement used for the education of its members and the community.

“It was a focal point of that small, growing community. It provided not only a place of worship, but a communal center for meetings, times of joy and of loss, and great struggle during the early days of this area.”