St. Paul’s Chapel celebrates 125 Years

St. Paul’s Chapel in Waldoboro will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 11.
St. Paul’s Chapel in Waldoboro will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 11.
Posted Sept. 05, 2011, at 8:25 p.m.

WALDOBORO — St. Paul’s Chapel on Dutch Neck was built in 1885 and dedicated in February 1886. The historic church, located next to the Dutch Neck Schoolhouse and a cemetery, is now used for occasional weddings and funerals as well as by the a cappella group Shape Notes.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, the annual service at the chapel, led by Pastor Tom Rawley, will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Rawley has served as pastor of the Waldoboro Word of Life Church for 25 years and also serves as the chaplain of the Waldoboro Fire Department. He is a founding member of the gospel group Heaven’s Blend. Since the chapel has great acoustics, this year the annual service, which celebrates 125 years, will feature the music of Rawley and Leroy Jones. The duo sing country gospel-style music accompanied by their guitars. Jones is a Dutch Neck resident and the former chief of police for Waldoboro.

Formed in 1883 by a small group of local residents, St. Paul’s Chapel Society, serves to maintain the chapel and the schoolhouse next door and hosts the annual service.

All are invited to attend and enjoy this anniversary service. Donations will be accepted and refreshments will be served.

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