The Rev. Julie Blake Fisher has announced that Kent's Christ Episcopal Church will hold a special service at 10 a.m. Sunday to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the church's construction. We're hoping to have 175 attendees that day, to join us in celebrating our demi-semi-septcentennial. So all are welcome," she said.
Episcopalians started worshipping together in this area in the 1820s, and Christ Church's charter was established by the Ohio Legislature in 1836, by way of an Act of Incorporation naming 11 of the local faithful (including John Brown, who at that point in his life was still operating a tannery in what was then Franklin Mills, and George DePeyster) as wardens and vestry.
The building, which still houses Christ Church was constructed in 1837, and the parish has followed the Episcopalian tradition of worship at that site ever since.
The celebration is being organized by vestry members Linda Trevorrow and Trudi Gunter.
"This should be a really neat day," said Gunter. "Not only will there be special treats and snacks at the coffee hour after the service, our Choirmaster, Edward Grimes, has promised that the hymns and service music used for our service will be out of the ordinary. And we're particularly hoping that families with kids will come, because we've been told that there's a very good chance that a special guest will be there to help the kids start off the Advent season with a bang."
Christ Episcopal Church is located at 118 S. Mantua St. in Kent, around the corner from the Kent Free Library, and is a LGBTQ Safe Zone.
Overflow parking for the 10 a.m. service will be available at the Masonic Temple at 409 W. Main St.