Yesterday was the big four ward and one branch sacrament meeting. We entered the building as B1, B2, P1, P4 and the Chester Branch and left the building as the Broomall Ward, P1, P4 and the Widener Branch. Broomall 1 was basically portioned off into the other four units. From B1 the Lower Merion school district joined P4, Haverford school district joined P1, Ridley school district including Prospect Park and areas all the way up to the airport joined the new Widener Branch, and Springfield and Marple Newtown scholl districts joined Broomall 2nd to create the new Broomall ward.
There were also a few boundry changes in the wards that remained. I don't have the paper that has all the zip codes of the specific changes- I'll have to ask John for that later. But basically Lansdowne was taken from P4 and put back in P1. There was a small city section of P1 that was put into P4. And Broomall lost Brookhaven and Aston to the Widener Branch.
Basically all of the old, odd boundry lines were wiped clean. The city wards were finally given the extra support from the suburbs that they have needed for so long and the Widener Branch gained enough people for them to function well.
It is going to be a difficult transition for some- especially the teenagers from B1 who are now part of the city wards. There were a lot of teary eyed young women yesterday. There were also quite a few teary adults. This kind of change is so hard, especially socially because a lot of our friendships are based on who is in our ward. When P4 was created out of P1 four years ago I was an absolute wreck because a lot of my friends were put in P4 and I was still in P1. I felt completely abandoned. I wasn't, but that was how it felt. I know some of the people who were moved into the branch and the city wards yesterday felt the same way.
Honestly, I feel that these boundry changes are inspired. Two wards and a branch that were struggling from lack of manpower now have what they need to really thrive. Bravo to our stake presidency for taking the steps necessary and chancing the murmurs from a few to do what is best for the stake as a whole.