Historic church, new music
© Darrell Cole – Amherst Daily News
Andrea and Hannah Jolly look over historic hymn books from the Amherst Point Baptist Church. The 160-year-old church is the host to a series of summer musical programs. Jim Scopie and Friends will appear at the church on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
AMHERST – New life is being given to a historic country church in Amherst Point.
The 160-year-old Amherst Point Baptist Church is hosting a series of summer concerts over the next few weeks that helps celebrate the season and raises a few dollars to maintain the building.
“It has really been well received. We had our first show two weeks ago and there were probably between 80 and 100 people,” organizing committee member Beth Dickinson said.
The popular men’s singing group, The Fellas, opened the summer season on July 7, while Sunday’s performance will be Jim Scopie and Friends. Pick of the Crop will join Ernie Sears and Harold Miller on Aug. 4 and the Celtic Singers from Halifax will round out the schedule on Aug. 18.
The shows begin at 7:30 p.m. every second Sunday and will be followed by a light lunch and refreshments.
There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be taken to help support the church’s upkeep.
“Over the last 20 years of so we have managed to complete a number of renovations on the building. It had fallen into a bit of disrepair after it stopped holding regular services,” she said. “We were able to put a frost wall around the building and we put a new roof on. We have also put some new steps in and done some painting.”
In past years, the summer series has included Sunday evening church services. Dickinson said organizers decided this year to provide entertainment instead of a church service. The committee will evaluate how things went during the summer, collect feedback from those who attend and decide whether to continue next year.
“We have had a lot of support from the Baptist Church over the years. Byron Corkum and Don Miller have done service for us as did David Jones. We’re really going to miss him,” she said.