Henrietta, N.Y. – A piece of history silent for several decades at one of the area’s oldest churches came alive Sunday.
The West Henrietta Baptist Church was built in 1838, with a bell in its steeple that was taken down about 40 years ago.
The bell is now back up and was rung for its first worship service Sunday morning.
Pastor David Hess said having some older members of the congregation on hand for the bell’s revival was particularly special.
“The people that rang the bell for the first time at a worship service (Sunday) were generally older folk who have been coming to this church for 50, 60, 70 years and longer,” he said, “so it was very meaningful just to have them ring it.”