Photo By: Courtesy of Christ Episcopal Church
Dick Quigley dons his grandfather’s top hat and coat for Christ Episcopal Church’s 1913-style service. Also pictured, from left, are Elsie Quigley, Carol Clarke, Melia Young and the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Young.
Bedecked in old-fashioned hats and gloves and gamely pronouncing “thees” and “thous,” members of Christ Episcopal Church recently recalled the spirit of the past with a 1913-style service.
Worshipping as churchgoers may have at the Los Altos church’s founding, the congregation inaugurated a series of events celebrating the church’s centennial, themed “Cherishing Our Past, Embracing the Future.” Christ Episcopal is Los Altos’ oldest church.
Through April, the parish will celebrate its deep roots in Los Altos, which began Palm Sunday 1913, when a small group worshipped in a vacant space in the Shoup Building at Second and Main streets.
“It is exciting to see how closely Christ Church and Los Altos’ histories overlap,” said centennial committee chairwoman Marge Berglund.
The church has scheduled a walk through its early history 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1, starting at 300 Main St. and capped by a 4 p.m. Evensong service at Foothills Congregational Church on Orange Avenue, constructed by Christ Episcopal Church in 1914.
The remaining events will take place on Christ Episcopal’s 7-acre campus at 1040 Border Road, where the church moved in 1954. At that time, with the Sunday School bursting at the seams, church members found a site large enough to add a school, a dream realized half a century later with the opening of Ventana School.
A Jan. 26 afternoon tea and docent tour of the intricate pipe organ and the modern stained-glass windows designed by Gabriel Loire are slated next in the centennial series.
A Valentine’s Day dance Feb. 8 will benefit the church’s ministry with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, highlighting the congregation’s long tradition of service.
The public is invited on a spiritual journey in time March 16, with a program highlighting 100 years of music at the church, including pieces commissioned for the occasion.
The centennial celebration will culminate with a gala dinner April 13.
All events are open to the public.
For more information, call 948-2151 or visit www.ccla.us.