There’s a little rock church, once called “The Old Meeting House” by early settlers, was the original home of Faith Des Peres, a Presbyterian Church in Des Peres, Missouri. Elijah P. Lovejoy was one of the early ministers here. Rev. Dr. Anne Epling is their minister today. I got to meet her leaving the Original Stone Faith Des Peres. The congregation continues to hold services right here a couple of times a year – Memorial Day Sunday happened to be one of those days. I met three people packing up to leave, all of them kind and delightful. I’m tempted to visit their current, modern facility . . but, that’s another story.
In 1833, three families donated one acre each for the meeting house which was to include a cemetery. Many of the grave markers for families that go back many generations and still live in the area.
It’s interesting to know the people donating this land were slave owners, because there are stories about “The Old Stone Meeting House” was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
There is a sign on property sharing part of the story. In 1983 one small marker was placed to memorialize those who worked for others and were never free.
one stone for many lives
The facility has been restored. It hasn’t been an easy road over the years. It wasn’t always top priority to maintain an old stone structure, but the building lasted long enough for the 1970’s enthusiasm of a new minister, Rev. Robert W. Tabscott. Rev. Tabscott had a passion for historical preservation, diversity and a better quality of life. He inspired many in the congregation to save the Original Old Stone Meeting House, and it seems that project, along with many others has remained part of the foundation of their church community.
Air conditioning, electric lights, up to code and ready for the future., Faith Des Peres has offered all of us a hearty welcome and invitation to attend services, at the little stone church, or at their modern facility. I have the feeling it’s a fine place to be.
The Original Stone Meeting House/Faith Des Peres Church is found @ 2250 North Geyer Road, 63131 – (Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, 1st Sundays of July and August – perhaps other fun events, like Easter Egg Hunts)
11155 Clayton Road 63131 (on “Normal Sundays”)
10:30 AM (but, you might want to check – 314-432-8029)
I suspect the music will be great.