Last year, the dwindling congregation at Homestead United Presbyterian Church was bitterly divided over worship styles and how to face the fact that it could no longer afford both its beautiful building and a full-time pastor.
“The church was really in despair,” said Mary Solomon, 83, a member since 1959.
“Now we have so many young people. I’m so excited about what is happening in our church. I feel we could be a model for other churches that are struggling with conflict over contemporary versus traditional music.”
The church recently won a national award from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Virginia for some of its revitalization efforts. The Al Dimmock Award gives a $1,000 prize to a congregation that has achieved significant change through empowerment of older adults.