There were three brick walkways from the wall to the steps that led into the original Bridgewater church. The women entered the West door to their left. After the men would drive to the side and back of the church where they would hitch the horses, they would enter the East door, which was to their right. Anyone could enter the middle door. (see “Memories of the Original Bridgewater Church of the Brethren” by Naomi West for more complete description of the Bridgewater Church at this location).
It belonged to the Great-grandmother of Naomi West, Elizabeth Garber (1806-1874). She married Jacob Wine December 12, 1826.
Front Page Translation
The little play of Psalter of Zionís children.
Of old and new very special spiritual songs
To all true babies (infants) of wisdom seeking salvation
In particular to the parishes of the Lord
for service and (daily) use
compiled with diligence in a contemporary
actual – as you please- form and order
Beside there is a tripled useful index (register of the issues)
Third improved copy (printing)
Printed: Michael Billmeyer 1813
Some people carried their own Hymnals to services. About the turn of the century Kingdom Song Book I was used for the opening of Sunday School. The 1901 ìThe Brethren Hymnalî was being used for the ìpreachingî service. There were no pianos or organs. The song leader used a turning fork to get the pitch to sing the hymns and the singing was beautiful. (see Beginnings of the Bridgewater Church by Naomi West for more complete description of the Bridgewater Church during this time period).
Credits: Naomi West and Emmert Bittinger served as models for these photos. Photos were taken by David Lineweaver, photo editing was done by Greg Owen. Text was written by Naomi West.