Saugatuck Church Remembers Nigerian Girls

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:

Elizabeth Baldwin, and daughters Lindsey and Abbey, place ribbons on each flag before they are placed in the ground by Matt Baldwin (background) and other volunteers.

And here is what the lawn looks like now. The flags will remain up for several days.

(Photos by Mary Ann West)



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