Rhythm of Life

Looking back 65 years

Andy came to St. Thomas in 1952, and that is when this church started, 65 years ago.  I met my husband in 1952 and became a member of First CRC in 1954.  At that time this church had not been built yet, and our church services were held at the Y.W.C.A.  We had many young families and also single people, most of them who were all new immigrants from the Netherlands.  I remember one Sunday morning, Gerrie Kingswood and I were babysitting when we were at the Y.W.C.A. and we had one big room for all ages from babies to age three, and we had 27 children that morning.  That was a busy hour!  Andy and I were married in 1956 during a prayer day service which was held at Centre Street Baptist Church.  Our minister was Rev. Hekman at that time.  That same year we had our own church built and the church grew with many new immigrants coming all the time ... continue reading