BROWNVILLE, New York (WWNY) – It is a place of gathering, prayer and worship.
“It was our second home,” said Alicia Bell, parishioner of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brownville dates back to the 1820s. It is home to generations of North Country worshipers. But Sunday’s service was the last due to low membership.
Hard to believe on the last day. The benches were filled with friends and family.
“It was the hugs, the loves, the singing, the being together that I missed the most,” said Bell.
For Alicia Bell, the people of the church hold a special place in her heart. After her husband Bill had a stroke, the other parishioners took care of them.
“People bought us meals and gave us funds to help us. It’s a family. This is what we will miss, the family, ”said Bell.
“In this building we celebrated weddings, baptisms, confirmations and lives that ended in the eternity of God,” said Mother Ninon Hutchinson.
Reverend Ninon Hutchinson has worked in St. Paul’s for eight years. She’s sad to see the church close, but she’s looking on the bright side.
“I send the faithful servants of Christ to continue their life and ministry in the world,” Hutchinson said.
Over the years, the church has also served as a community venue to host meals, distribute school supplies in the fall, and Christmas gifts during the holidays. But on Sunday people sang hymns for the last time, the candles were put out and the door was closed.
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