Access has become an issue for aging members of local church congregations.
"We had to go outside when we wanted to go up [to the sanctuary] or down [to the social hall]," said Merle Farmer, a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church. "That's a problem for people using walkers or in wheelchairs, especially in bad weather."
One option would have been to install an elevator in the Martic Township church.
"We considered that but the cost was just too high," Farmer said recently.
Then the congregation discovered there was another, less expensive, option.