Great Choptank Parish marks 325th Anniversary

Phil Brohawn

CAMBRIDGE — On Sept. 16, members of Christ Episcopal Church of Cambridge, 601 Church St. celebrated the 325th Anniversary of their founding.
Visitors from as far away as Georgia came to help with the joyous event to remember the ancestors who had been faithful members at Christ Church and were buried in the historic graveyard.
Many Maryland government representatives presented certificates to Vestry members Julia Moore, Marylane Elmes, Phil Brohawn and Melanie Merryweather to honor the historic date. Presenting the certificates were: Delegate Johnny Mautz, State Senator Addie Eckardt, Delegate Chris Adams and Melissa Kelly representing Senator Chris Van Hollen.
Guests were greeted by Randy Welsh playing bagpipes, and parishioners wearing replicas of 1600s costumes.
Master of Ceremonies and church member, Sen. Eckardt lead the program that began with a history of the church given by Fr. Dunlap of Old Trinity Church. The antique silver pieces used for services were featured with the help of Jeanne and Patsy Holtz. There was music on the Casavaunt Organ played by Barbara Hubbard. Malcolm McKnight gave a history of the stunning stained glass windows.
Melanie Merryweather guided groups through the historic cemetery pointing out the graves of historic governors of Maryland and war veterans’ headstones from early American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, Vietnam and the World Wars.
Those who visited will be remembered by future generations by having their signatures included in an engraved guest book. A reception was held at Whatley Hall after the presentation.
Remembrance of the 325th Anniversary of the Great Choptank Parish was possible due to the tireless efforts and direction of Cookie Brohawn and many volunteers from Christ Church.
Christ Episcopal Church continued the celebration the following day, Sept. 17, with the Reverends Christine and Paul Mottl conducting a replication of a service that would have been common during the founding period of the 1600s.
Christ Church invites everyone to come and worship together on Sundays at 9 a.m. For more information contact the Church office at 410-228-3161.


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