Guest Post: "Sanctuary Seating at OWC" - Elsa Bengel

Sanctuary Seating at OWC

The congregation of Old West Church in downtown Boston worships on a site that has been home to pioneering, progressive churches since 1737. We honor our history as we journey as a 21st century faith community.


Our pews which were installed in 1964 are in terrible condition. We have decided to purchase new sanctuary seating that is solid wood, upholstered chairs which can be arranged in a variety of ways. This will support imaginative seating to serve our size worshipping community as well as special small group settings.

Our goal is to purchase the first 100 chairs now. At $200/chair this means $20,000. The good news is that we have raised the funds for 74 chairs. Stepping out in faith, we have placed our order for 100 chairs. We are asking Friends of Old West to sponsor one or more chairs. Donors will be acknowledged with a small engraved plate on the back of chairs. We need your help for the last 26 chairs. And we hope that you will enjoy our new seating as you join us for our musically rich, spirit-led Sunday worship at 11 every week.

Elsa acts the Old West Lay Leader and member of the Old West SPRC. She also sings in the choir and is an active part of the OWC community garden.