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Welcome to the Episcopal Church
|| 50TH ANNIVERSARY BOOKLET
When I first came to St. David’s in
June of 1954, it was a cornfield over which
the Committee on Missions of the diocese had
done some dreaming. Actually, they had drawn
up some tentative building plans for as plain
a structure as possible. These plans were quickly
firmed up, ground was broken in a simple ceremony,
and construction began.
I took up residence
in a ground floor apartment of an old
house at the corner of Marsh and Grubb Roads
and started calling door to door. New houses
were going up at the rate of about 500 a year
within a mile or two of the church site, and
I tried to reach every new home north of Silverside
Road the week people moved in. In addition,
area parishes, as well as downtown churches, gave me
cards with the names and addresses of all their parishioners
living in what was to be the St. David’s area.
I contacted as many as I could to see if they were
By mid-September there were about forty
to fifty people who began meeting in homes - four
groups of about ten persons each. Our discussion
focused on “What
does it mean to be a church?” and then on “What
should this new church be like?” These discussions
were a disaster. Everybody shared their ignorances
and prejudices, and I, having just been hatched from
seminary were non-directive counseling was all the
rage, was useless at leading things forward or clarifying
issues. Nevertheless, these groups became the foundation
of St. David’s. In them people got to know
one another in a very real way. By the time the building
was completed in November, we already had a congregation.
A governing board, church school teachers, lay readers
and organists emerged from the early nucleus.
diocesan Committee on Missions had to come up with
a name for the new mission. It was somehow felt
that the name should be one that no other church
in the diocese had. For the life of me I cannot
remember why St. David’s was chosen.
How could we incorporate the name into the
decor of the building? It was discovered that
the symbol of St. David was a leek, which is
a vegetable dearly beloved in Wales, of which
David is patron saint. Mrs. Ellason Downs (Molly)
of the Mission Committee was “commissioned” to
produce an art form with leeks beautifully
painted on gold foil Christmas paper. These
were set in frames in two panels that set off
the altar area. The panels were dark blue and
the rest of the wall was dark green. I always
thought the color combination was smashing.
The green later determined the color of the
Junior Choir vestments. At the next diocesan
Choir Festival, there wasn’t a choir
that could match the weird green cassocks of
the leeky kids of St. David’s.
lovely days they were out there on Grubb (such
an unmellifluous name) Road. I could go on
to relate many other marvels of those first
five years, but...let me sign off by saying
how grand it will be to see you in October
- an unbelievable 25 years since I first looked
at that cornfield or met any of the wonderful
people who became the founding saints of St.
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1954 to 2004
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