Telling the whole story of West Islip would require the testimony of everyone who made the remarkable Exodus journey, beginning in the spring and summer of 1963, and continuing with the subsequent waves that followed - many single people and many families with husbands, wives, children, and the occasional in-law. Telling the whole story would also require the perspectives of converts. A relative few, pilgrims and converts, stayed the course, but many left - some perhaps, returning to former places of worship, others moving on to other callings and ways of believing. Some who went with the Exodus wholeheartedly embraced their new culture and declared it their own. Others, for one reason or another, returned quickly to their former roots. No one knows "the whole story," but some of us "know in part," and parts of the story of the Church in West Islip can and will be told here. Not all the parts are easily told, and some we might wish not to tell or to read. Yet the story of "West Islip," like the stories in the Bible that inspired it, is useful for our learning.
- Excerpt taken from Freda Baker's manuscript A Church Called West Islip.
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Submissions from 2015
West Islip Reel 1, Dwain Evans
West Islip Reel 10, Dwain Evans
West Islip Reel 11, Dwain Evans
West Islip Reel 2 - Side 1, Dwain Evans
West Islip Reel 2 - Side 2, Dwain Evans
West Islip Reel 3, Dwain Evans
West Islip Reel 5, Dwain Evans
West Islip Reel 6 - Side 1, Dwain Evans
West Islip Reel 6 - Side 2, Dwain Evans
West Islip Reel 8, Dwain Evans
West Islip Reel 9, Dwain Evans