As part of Sacred Space Day of Service, members of Penn Valley Church, a multi-site Grace Brethren congregation in Telford, Pa., helped clean up Union Cemetery, an historic cemetery in nearby Quakertown, on Saturday. A story about it was included on phillyburbs.com.
“It’s an opportunity to bless the community,” said Daryl Swartley, pastor at Penn Valley Church, which helped organize the “Sacred Space Day” restoration project.
Volunteers cleaned and re-set stones, performed landscape work and helped beautify the grounds.
Union Cemetery sexton Alain Cooke said the volunteers are a godsend. The 163-year-old nonprofit cemetery does not have the funds to cover repair costs.
“Paying for it is not really an option,” said Cooke.
At the start of Saturday, at least 100 stones were overturned.