Bell tolls for the last time at Bryant UCC Church

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There’s good news and bad news.

Bad news is, after 128 years, the Bryant UCC Congregational Church conducted their last service on Sun., Dec. 27.

Good news is, it will remain a house of worship, providing a meeting place for Hispanic ministry.

Due to the declining membership, the UCC parishioners decided early last year to disband the church. Trying to determine what to do with the property, inside and out, was a concern. It was put up for sale without gaining much interest.

That is until Michael Sanchez came along. Sanchez and his wife Sonia live in Clark. He is an evangelist to Hispanic workers and families in the region. Having a place of worship that they can call their own was an answer to Michael’s prayers as it was for the Bryant church.

Sanchez took possession of the church and property on Jan. 1 and plans to start holding worship services sometime in the spring. The services will be open to the public.

Saying goodbye to their church home wasn’t easy, but members of the little church on Hill Street feel less saddened knowing their sanctuary will continue to serve as the Lord’s house and hope those who enter will feel the love and peace that has filled it since 1892.

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