Peter Thomas – Church Historian
Saints and Sinners: The Second Parish Congregational Church in Deerfield in the 19th Century
Friday, December 2, 12:15PM
The Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst
Members of a Congregational Church would enter into a Covenant with God and other members of the church “to walk together in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless, [and in the next breath also] agreed to watch ourselves and one another in the spirit of meekness, tenderness, and Christian fidelity”. In this presentation, we will describe the normal workings of this and other Congregational Churches during the period 1818-1891 as described in church records. But, “to err is human” and church members had all agreed to submit to the “admonition of others” if required. Church practices were well established to address those who strayed from the path of a Calvinist philosophy, ranging from the public confession of a woman for playing cards in a tavern to the excommunication of a young man who skipped two Sunday services and attended a ball. Come see how you might measure up to the expected standards of conduct.
Join us with your lunch in hand. We will provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The 30-minute program will begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.