Saturday, March 29, 2008

Sunday Spire: Barton-Glover Friends and Solid Rock Assembly of God

The Barton-Glover Friends meet every Sunday morning in the basement of the Barton Public Library (above).

Back in December 2007, I featured the former Barton Methodist Church. It had the original slate tiles from 120 years ago which formed a decorative pattern, as seen in the photo above. About 1947, the Methodists joined the Congregationalists and moved out of their church. In 1951 the church was sold to the Full Gospel Congregation. This winter, the Solid Rock Assembly of God had to replace the roof of the steeple with plain asphalt and fiberglass shingles. They plan on selling the old slate tiles to artists. The steeple is now finished. You can see the photos of it below. The congregation could not afford to repair the slate tiles, which would have cost $55,000 to $60,000. I keep wondering, though, if they might have gotten a grant for an historic renovation. It is a shame to lose such an important part of our past.

Newly roofed steeple above and below.

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