St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Activities For Dickens 2021
Photo by John Eaton
This young man watches as the model trains move along the track at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Walnut Street in Wellsboro. The trains will be rolling again this Saturday, Dec. 4.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wellsboro is offering six different activities for visitors to Dickens of a Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 4.
During the day, the church’s thrift shop will be open and there will be a free Model Train Show, the Great Cookie Sale, lunch, tours of the church and the special Choral Evensong service sung by the church choir.
Between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, the free Model N Gauge Train Show, hosted by members of the Twin Tiers N-Trak Club, will be in St. Paul’s Parish Hall. S gauge trains will also be running. The entrance to the Parish Hall is on Walnut Street, across from UPMC Wellsboro: Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital.
St. Paul’s Great Cookie Sale will begin at 9 a.m. in the Parish Hall and continue until 4 p.m. or until the cookies are gone. All types of cookies from chocolate chip to date pinwheels to sugar cookies will be sold by the pound. There will also be other treats, including Father Thyme fruit cakes.
The Thrift Shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is a great place to find a needed umbrella, sweater or hat. The entrance is on Charles Street.
Lunch will be available in St. Paul’s Parish Hall beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until everything is gone. For $3, eat a hot dog with sauerkraut or meat sauce with chips and a pickle or for $2, eat a plain hot dog. Have a bowl of homemade chili, chicken noodle or vegetable beef soup for $2 or buy a quart to take home for $5. A beverage – soda, lemonade, bottled water, hot chocolate, coffee or tea – is $1.
Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., free tours of historic St. Paul’s will be given. Louis Comfort Tiffany designed the church’s stained glass windows and the mosaics that are found around the altar and baptismal font.
At 4 p.m., the public is invited to attend the 40-minute Choral Evensong service in the church. Historically accurate, this service is conducted as it was by the Church of England in the Victorian-era at the time Charles Dickens lived. Included are hymns, readings and Anglican chants and anthems sung by the choir. The Church entrance is on Pearl Street, directly across from The Green.
For information, call St. Paul’s at (570) 724-4771.
Writing: Diane Eaton