Grace Presbyterian Church marks 125th anniversary

October 22, 2005|BY A SUN REPORTER

In her more than 50 years at Grace Presbyterian Church, Mary T. Sprow doesn't remember the congregation ever being so active.

The 84-year-old former church elder and deacon lists the efforts the 298-member Baltimore church has taken on: donating farm animals to the developing world; periodic mission trips abroad; support for the McKim Community Center in East Baltimore; several Bible study groups; and traditional and contemporary worship services.

"I would say it's a very caring group of people," Sprow said. "It's not as large as it was, but I think we are involved in more things."

The church will celebrate its 125th anniversary tomorrow. The Rev. Arthur St. A. Reynolds will officiate at a combined service at 10 a.m. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will be the speaker at a banquet scheduled for 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Martin's West.

Grace opened in October 1880, with 73 men and women meeting in Linden Hall, church member George White said. Within months, the congregation had moved to quarters at the intersection of Dolphin and Ettings streets. In 1971, Grace moved to Banister Road at Greenspring Avenue.

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