Kitchens selected to lead Lilly Chapel parade

 Messenger photo by Renee Gannon
Jeff and Ginnie Kitchen are grand marshals of this year’s Trinity Homecoming parade.

“120 Years—How Firm a Foundation” is the title of Trinity United Methodist Church’s 24th annual homecoming set for Aug. 18 in Lilly Chapel.

The church, whose stained glass windows shine brilliantly from within, has been in existence for 120 years and was formed when three congregations came together to form one church, said church members Jeff and Ginnie Kitchen.

The Kitchens, who live on “Kitchen Lane” in Lilly Chapel, are grand marshals of this year’s homecoming parade.  

When asked how a person gets selected as grand marshal, Ginnie said, “I’m not sure why they picked us. I guess the congregation wanted us to do it this year. As long as we have lived here, we’ve been in parades and participated in the festivals, but we have never been grand marshals. It was a surprise for sure.”

Rick Jones, Trinity United Methodist’s minister, said the grand marshal position is an honor given to individuals who have made an impact on the community and the church.

“I can tell you that the Kitchens have certainly had an impact on the church and community. They have been faithful servants of the Lord,” he said.

The Kitchens have lived in Lilly Chapel for 61 years, have been married since April 27, 1946, and are proud of their three children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The Kitchens have been members of Trinity United Methodist for approximately 50 years.

Ginnie taught Sunday school for 50 years and disciple bible study for 12 years.

“I love the children and the young adults,”  she said.

Smiling, with a trace of tears in her eyes, she said she misses leading the classes.

“You could say that it was my calling, a gift from God, to teach the children. It was a lot of fun, and I grew, too. No teacher teaches without learning and growing.”

Jeff served in the Navy during World War II and was a custom home builder and master carpenter by trade.  

“I helped with projects off and on for the church in the past,” he said.

He also used to man the wheel of a special motorized vehicle in the homecoming parades.

“Year’s ago, I refurbished my father’s 1963 John Deere tractor and used to ride it in past festivals, but now my grandson, Jeffrey Kitchen, rides it in the festivals,” he said.

Ginnie said her favorite part of the annual church homecoming is the togetherness.

“We really enjoy seeing people we haven’t seen in a long time and, of course, we enjoy the good food—especially our noodles!” she said. “The United Methodist Women’s group’s chicken noodles are very popular around here. People look forward to eating them every year.”

“We want to invite everyone to come out to our 24th annual homecoming and enjoy our great food and hospitality,” Jones added.

Schedule for 24th Annual Homecoming in Lilly Chapel

The public is invited to enjoy the festivities at Trinity United Methodist Church’s homecoming Aug. 18. The church is located at 8530 Lilly Chapel-Georgesville Rd. SE in Fairfield Twp.

11 a.m.—Parade

Noon—Opening ceremonies featuring the Madison Plains High School marching band. Silent auction opens.

1:30 p.m.—“Jump,” a barbershop quartet from Johnstown United Methodist Church

3 p.m.—Kiddie pedal pull

4 p.m.—The Posse band

5:30 p.m.—Silent auction concludes

6:30 p.m.—Live auction with Auctioneer Rick Haag

All day—Baked goods, food, kids’ games

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