New Horizons Fellowship will bring to fruition part of the legacy of its former pastor, the late Rev. Timothy Pierce Saturday, Nov. 4, when it dedicates three crosses on a 21-acre site on Route 1 in Chadds Ford Township.
The dedication is scheduled for 4 p.m.
The crosses -- approximately 12 feet high and eight feet wide -- represent those that were used to crucify Jesus and two criminals, said Peter Young who was installed as full time pastor of New Horizons in January.
They were part of the dream Pierce had for the property across from Harvey Road, just north of the Chadds Ford Tavern. Pierce, who died unexpectedly two weeks before his 49th birthday in Dec. 11 of 2004, envisioned the crosses as a mediation area.
In a June 2003 interview with the Chadds Ford Post, Pierce said the crosses might help people get a better sense of the biblical picture.
"[The idea] is to create a physical as well as spiritual sanctuary so people can draw aside from the world, take a moment for prayer and meditation," Pierce said at the time.
Another part of Pierce's vision was to build two structures on the property, a fellowship hall to be built first, then a worship center. Chadds Ford Township gave its official approvals for land use and development before Pierce died. Young said he hopes to begin breaking ground for the fellowship hall sometime in 2007.
"What a blessing, what a story, what a journey Pastor Tim went on to get us to this point," Young said. "We're honoring Pastor Tim here, but we're going on with the larger vision of what the three crosses represent. ... We can go there, to the presence of those crosses and remember [Jesus' suffering] but also reap the benefits, enjoy the peace and blessing."
Young explained that the three crosses are not evenly spaced apart. The forward most cross represents where Jesus was crucified and the one to the left is closer to the center than the one on the right. The cross on the left represents the one on which hung the criminal who accepted Jesus, while the one farther away represents the one who did not accept him.
Officiating at the dedication Saturday will be Pastor Gordon Douglas, a long time friend and colleague of Pierce's who, Young said, will symbolically pass the torch and the legacy to him.
Young said the day will be one to "celebrate the legacy of Tim Pierce.
Pierce began New Horizons in Kennett Square 17 years ago, then moved it to the old Ramada Inn on Route 202 before moving into the strip mall at 1290 Baltimore Pike, just north of painters Crossing Condominiums in Chadds Ford.
Young is moving forward with making his mark on the church by holding a coffeehouse for songwriters, poets and other creative people at the current worship enter the following Saturday. The coffeehouse will be Nov. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m.
He said the event is not just for Christian-oriented arts, but expects much of the art will be. He sees art as therapy for the psyche as well as the soul.