Welcome to the front door of St. Mary’s Church, Dover, New Hampshire.
Dover was settled in 1623 by brothers William and Edward Hilton, London fishmongers, making it the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire and the seventh oldest in the United States.
St. Mary’s is a little shy of 200 years old and the front door could use some scraping and a new coat of paint, but she definitely has history and character. A few years back, St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s were combined into the Parish of the Assumption while St. Charles’ Church was closed.
This is my second year volunteering with a gardening friend to tend the various containers and gardens at St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s.
There is never a work day when people don’t stop to talk to us. We always exchange a smile and a few words and every time I remember “…Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
When your personal passion is gardening, helping to maintain gardens that are dedicated to a higher being is not hard on the body and is definitely soothing to the soul.
Have a great Thursday. 🙂
Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors.