- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

QUECHEE, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont church is closing its doors after 142 years in Quechee.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/22AnSul) that rising maintenance costs and declining membership have led to decision to close the Quechee Community Church and sell the building. A final service was held on Christmas eve, and the church was filled to capacity.

People in the Upper Valley have been attending the church since 1873. Longtime members say the church used to attract scores of young families, but typical Sunday services have drawn less than two dozen.

The church is located about 11 miles from Lebanon, New Hampshire.

The church plans to hold a special day of remembrance on Jan. 10 before it closes.

Rob Robertson is a member of the church council, tells VPR that the costs of keeping an old building maintained and heated were just too great.

After many tag sales and church functions that fell on the shoulders of only a few members, Robertson says the church simply ran out steam.

Pat Lewis has been a member of the church since 1956, and remembers the Main Street church being packed with young families.

“A village without a church; it’s very hard to accept that, and it’s rough,” says Lewis. “Maybe it’s just a trend of the times. But it is sad.”

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net


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