United Church project honours former members


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June 4, 2015 8:15 AM

The Grace United Church has come up with a project to honour past members with a book that will feature photos, stories and anecdotes and will also help raise funds for the modernization of their new building.

The book, title Memory Wings, will be available in an electronic format as well as a “bound” binder style version that will be on permanent display in the new church.

“We wanted to make a special effort to honour the faith, devotion and memory of people who were Grace Family in past years. The Memory Wings project is intended to that and provide the extended family of past members with the opportunity to financially support the project,” said Lynn Manners, chair of the project.

“We’re going to prepare a memory book with this information gathered. We’ve never done this kind of thing in our church before so it’s quite a change to do this.”

With a donation of $1,000 someone can have two people recognized in the book on the back and front of an 8.5 by 11” page. People have the chance to donate until the end of the year and anyone in the community is welcome to support the project.

The idea for Memory Wings came from co-chair Morris Smith and after Manners got on board they smoothed out the details for the book. After getting the go-ahead from the central board at the United Church they got a committee together last November and started contacting families to take part.

“We’ve been in touch with about 100 families of former members and so far I think we got 15 people,” said Manners. “The project is going to extend until the end of 2015.”

The Memory Wings committee believes the project is a unique way to record the stories of the people who have supported the Grace united Church in Lloydminster and preserve the “real” history of the church while some of the physical history gets lost in the renovations.

As part of the demolition over half over half of the church building has been taken down to make way for larger church hall, a new kitchen, new offices and an enhanced program space. The new modernizations will include better mechanical and electrical systems and other enhancements to the sanctuary.

Manners said, “Anybody in the community is welcome to support and we’d be glad to have it. They can get in touch with me at lynnmanners@xplornet.ca

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