‘The right words at the right time’ Bishop visits Greenfield church

  • Bishop Douglas Fisher reaffirms the faith of congregation members at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Bishop Douglas Fisher reaffirms the faith John Souza among other members of the congregation at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Bishop Douglas Fisher speaks at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Bishop Douglas Fisher speaks at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Bishop Douglas Fisher speaks at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Bishop Douglas Fisher speaks at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Bishop Douglas Fisher poses for a photo with the children at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Published: 11/19/2017 6:29:36 PM

GREENFIELD — For the first time since the Episcopal churches Saint James and Saint Andrews merged into one church, the combined congregations were visited by the Western Massachusetts Bishop.

Bishop Douglas Fisher presided over Sunday’s service at the church, now in Greenfield. He discussed the merging, saying the move shows the faith of the congregation.

“You are fearless followers of Jesus,” he said.

He commended the vestry and clergy of the church for the merger.

“Thank you to everyone who made this coming together happen,” he said.

Fisher visits all of the 55 congregations in Western Massachusetts every two years, according to the Western Massachusetts Diocese. He was met with an enthusiastic crowd in Greenfield, where the church was filled on Sunday.

This is the first visit since St. Andrews church in Turners Falls merged with St. James in Greenfield in April 2017. The merger was an effort to re-energize its churchgoers and the community at-large amid falling membership, the two churches have come together to form one congregation in Greenfield.

The Rev. Heather Blais, rector of James and Andrew, and the Rev. Dr. Molly Scherm, associate rector, thanked the Bishop for coming to the church and assisting with the program.

Encouraging to help others

Fisher addressed the children before sending them to Sunday School, explaining the different parts of his uniform and what his job is.

“My job is to protect those that have no help and to send you all out to do the same thing,” he said.

During his sermon, he talked about the impact of hearing “the right words at the right time,” and encouraged the congregants to offer those words to those who need it.

The Bishop also confirmed one member of the congregation and reaffirmed the faith for many in attendance on Sunday.

Reach Miranda Davis at 413-772-0261, ext. 280 or mdavis@recorder.com.


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