Old West Church

Photo:Old West Church, United Methodist Church

Old West Church, United Methodist Church

Ann Fox

Boston, Massachusetts

By Ann Fox

 

 

On Sunday 1st September 2013 we attended worship at Old West Church and were made very welcome. Although it has only been a Methodist church since 1962 the building, and its predecessor, has an important and interesting history which can be read here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information about the Fisk organ can be read here 

 

Photo:Fisk Organ

Fisk Organ

Ann Fox

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Ann Fox

This page was added by Ann Fox on 27/09/2013.
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It was a lovely surprise to come across this entry, as Old West Church Boston is very dear to our hearts. When my husband Peter and I spent a year living in Boston in 1984-5, this was the church where we worshipped. We had perhaps gone with a picture in our minds of a 'typical' American Methodist Church but this was far from that - but was where we felt 'at home'. It was not a large congregation and we got involved in all the problems and fundraising that a large historic building requires, but there was a sense of 'can do' that always inspired us. And the music ....! Yuko Hayashi's organ playing Sunday by Sunday was simply sublime - the highlight being, just before we left, when on the Sunday which coincided with Peter's birthday she played his favourite Bach Prelude and Fugue as a birthday present! A particular topical point: in 1960 when the Church was actually the local library, it was the local polling station where John and Jackie Kennedy went to cast their votes in the election which brought him into the Presidency, which was cut short so sadly 50 years ago this week.

By Susan Howdle
On 21/11/2013

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