Last month, almost 300 schoolgirls were abducted in Nigeria.
Saugatuck Congregational Church is making sure they are not forgotten.
Two weeks ago during worship service — following the lead of a colleague in northeastern Connecticut — Rev. Alison Patton handed out strips of paper. Congregants were invited to pray for the girl whose name they received.
Several folks wanted to do more. The idea of a public display emerged.
Rev. Patton’s husband Craig found flags online. A church member who oversaw the installation of a field of American flags in 2010 gave tips on installation.
Two other members offered to write girls’ names on ribbons attached to the flags (or “Child of God; name unknown”). A 3rd family said they’d plant the flags.
This was the scene earlier today on the Saugatuck Congregational Church lawn:
And here is what the lawn looks like now. The flags will remain up for several days.