The Friendliest Church in Town
Dave and I come from families filled with ministers! My grandfather, father, and two uncles are UCC ministers while Dave’s grandfather and two uncles were Baptist ministers. Needless to say, church has always been part of our lives!
When we met in 1990 (introduced by a mutual friend, a minister!), I was a member of Evangelical UCC in Webster Groves so when it was time to plan our wedding, that was the logical place to hold the service. However, we had purchased a home at Olive and 270 and making the trip down to Webster every week became difficult. We found ourselves going on Sunday mornings but missing the church events and activities throughout the week.
So we decided to visit some of the UCC churches in the neighborhood. We visited three churches over the summer months. Both of us kept coming back to Parkway in our discussions. What was drawing us to this church? Well, we felt at home here. The people were welcoming and friendly. Worship was meaningful and engaging. It was obviously a congregation which values their tradition but is willing to be the church of the present and future. This was the time when there was much discussion about building a new sanctuary across the street and offering two different styles of worship. The sense of community was very strong, so we joined.
What has kept us here for the past 20 years? Well, we still think this is the friendliest church in town! When we voted to become an Open and Affirming church, that just made us more aware Parkway is the place for us. Worship is meaningful and engaging and we feel truly blessed to have Kevin as our pastor and minister. We love all the opportunities available to us so we can live out our faith in the community and the world—Jesus Has Left the Building and Habitat for Humanity workdays are some of our favorites! As retired teachers, we also find the love of children, youth, and education for all to be inspiring and engaging. Here at Parkway the children are not the church of the future but the church of now! It is so exciting to see the many ways children and youth are involved in the ministry of Parkway. As you can tell, we love our church family and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!