The first annual Stone’s Chapel Homecoming was held on Saturday, October 15, 2011. Sixty-five former members, family, friends and neighbors of Stone’s Chapel attended the service. As you can see from these photos taken during the service, the plaster repair is complete, but the interior of the Chapel needs to be repainted.
Rev. Tom Holden, who was the pastor of Stone’s Chapel from 1976-1989, was the guest speaker. As part of the service, he presented Anna Fry Armel, who joined Stone’s Chapel Presbyterian Church in 1948, with a certificate as the longest-tenured former member (pictured below with her daughter, Camilla Welsh, and grandson, David Welsh).
At the conclusion of the service, Rev. Sally Hinchman, Interim Presbyter of the Shenandoah Presbytery made a ceremonial presentation of the deed to Stone’s Chapel to Larry Hardesty, President of the Stone’s Chapel Memorial Association.
A potluck luncheon followed the service. The feedback from this first Homecoming was phenomenal! Former members who had not been to Stone’s Chapel in 40 years attended and expressed delight that the Chapel is being restored and preserved.
Thank you to everyone who made this event a wonderful success.