Drive by the West Suffield Congregational Church, UCC, and you will soon see signs of celebration. Actually they are banners, announcing that the church is celebrating 275 Years and All are welcome.
The congregation is already sharing its history with the community of Suffield. Memorabilia is on display at the King House Museum at 232 South Main St., Suffield which opened to the public this season on May 2. It will remain at the King House Museum through September. Of particular interest is a poster sized photo of a sunburst quilt that was started in 1885 and finished in 1888 by the Ladies Benevolent Association. With the quilt is a notebook with the names of all those who made the quilt. Visitors are invited to find names of their ancestors in the notebook. The actual quilt will be unveiled within a protective case at the church on the weekend of the 275th Anniversary celebration.
The main 275th Anniversary celebration will be held the weekend of November 10 and 11, 2018. There will be an open house at the church itself on Saturday afternoon, November 10. The quilt will be on display in a new case. Given that the quilt is 130 years old, it is in remarkable condition and worth checking out. The items presently at the King House Museum and additional historical treasures may also be viewed at this time. Parishioners will be present to share personal memories and answer questions. There will also be a special worship service on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The anniversary worship service will incorporate aspects of the church’s history. Previous members of the congregation and pastors will be invited to this special service.
You are invited to share and celebrate this piece of church history. Please join us. All are welcome.