St. John's Episcopal Church in New Rochelle held its Annual Parish Clean-up Day on Saturday, May 6, from 9:30am to 3pm. St. John's is the oldest church in New Rochelle in continual use since it was built in 1858.
About 30 parishioners, ranging from 13 to 95 years of age, participated in the Parish Clean-up Day. They thoroughly vacuumed and dusted the window sills as well as washed all the windows of the Church, Parish House and St. Francis Cottage.
The Church gardens received very special attention. Last year, using a generous grant from the Gwen Appleyard Charitable Trust, the gardens surrounding the Church were completely restored. Flowers and bushes were planted, trees were trimmed and weeds were pulled out. However, since several parishioners are members of the Garden Club of New Rochelle, they know very well that keeping the gardens beautiful requires careful attention every year. Unfortunately, weeds have a way of returning, so on Clean-up Day, many participants were busy pulling weeds and spraying poison ivy.
With funds collected from parishioners, dozens of salmon colored geraniums were purchased and planted in attractive containers. Hydrangeas that had beautified the Church during the Easter season were given a new home in the gardens.
The volunteers worked diligently, stopping only to enjoy a pizza and salad luncheon in the St. Francis Cottage before getting back to their clean-up chores.
Visitors are always very welcome to join the Sunday morning service at 10:30am, visit the beautiful gardens and sit in the tables and chairs near the church. For more information about St. John's, its services and activities, call 636-0047 or visit stjohnswilmot.com