Houlton Region

Church marks 142 years

St. David’s Presbyterian Church in nearby Kirkland, New Brunswick, will celebrate its 142nd anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. with gospel music and comedy theatre.

Hal Babcock and Friends of Fredericton will lead the gospel music portion of the service. The program will also include a comedy skit called “Goin’ Fishin’ on Sunday,” a theatre piece about two country bumpkins who decide to go fishing instead of going to church and wind up getting a special message from heaven. The skit, written by local author Judy Cole, will feature local amateur actors.

A free-will offering will be received as part of this fundraising event. Rev. Wendy MacWilliams of Fredericton will serve as master of ceremonies.

Following the concert, light refreshments and ice cream will be served at the nearby Kirkland Community Hall. Everyone is welcome.

St. David’s Presbyterian Church was built by the community in the late 1800s, primarily by Scottish, Irish and English settlers who came to the area as pioneers. The community of Kirkland is named after St. David’s, which was once referred to as the Scottish Kirk. St. David’s was proclaimed a provincial historic site in 2005.

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