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The Dedication of the Roof
October 29, 2017

St. John’s Church has stood on the Green of Washington for nearly 200 years. In late 2015, a substantial restoration effort was begun to restore the historic buildings — the Rectory and the Rossiter stone Church. In the ensuing three years, the Rectory has been fully restored and the Church has since undergone restoration of the stained glass Memorial Window in the Chapel and Mowbray Mural over the High Altar; exterior walkways were repaired; the boiler replaced, an alarm system installed, and most significantly, the slate roof was replaced.

On October 29, 2017 -- St. John’s held a special dedication service in honor of its recently replaced slate roofrepresenting a major milestone in the completion of Phase 1 of its extensive restoration effort.

It was a special day…after parishioners and friends gathered together in the Parish Hall for a communal brunch, a bagpiper led the procession  out of a torrential downpour  into the dry and welcoming protection provided by the new eaves.  The dedication service, in Mother Susan’s absence, was led by Father Paul Jacobson, assisted by Father Paul Christopherson, who blessed the new roof, giving parishioners and friends the opportunity to celebrate their involvement in this achievement, and the ongoing effort to fully restore the historic Church.

St. John’s is looking forward to another special day in 2018, when celebrations can, hopefully, mark the completion of Phase II; which includes extensive masonry  and stone repair and the renovation of the stained glass windows.

 

Roof of Church
dedication piper procession Ashes spreading
following procession Two Priests Dedication