Zion Episcopal Church is celebrating its Bicentennial in 2015. Originating from St. George’s Chapel, now in ruins, and later moving to its current location in 1815, the “English Church” has been an important part of the Charles Town community for 200 years.
A Homecoming Weekend and Bicentennial Celebration is occurring on September 26 and 27, to which the Community is invited. An historical service in the tradition of the early 1800s will be held at the ruins of St. George’s Chapel on Route 51 on Saturday morning followed by several presentations at the church grounds on Congress Street. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Perry will host a dinner at their home, The Hill, that evening. Sunday morning service will be celebrated at 10:30 by Bishop Allen Bartlett, a former rector of Zion. A potluck luncheon, book signings and display of historic people and events will follow at the Alger Social Center adjacent to Zion’s Parish House on Washington Street. The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, September 26th, 2015
10:30 a.m. Historical Service based on the 1790 Book of Common Prayer at the ruins of St. George’s Chapel, Route 51, Charles Town, WV
2:00 p.m. Churchyard History Presentation by Roger Perry
2:30 p.m. Stained Glass Window Presentation by Barbara Porterfield
3:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social and Scavenger Hunt
5:00 p.m. Bicentennial Dinner at “The Hill” (Home of Wanda and Roger Perry)
Sunday, September 27, 2015
10:30 a.m. Worship Service with Bishop Allen Bartlett (former Rector of Zion) preaching and officiating
12:00 p.m. Luncheon at the Alger Social Center.
Book Signing “Acts of Devotion” history of Zion, by Jonathan Brown
Book Signing “Last Days of John Brown, The Abolitionist” by Dr. Doris Starks
Sunday, November 1st, 2015
10:30 a.m. Service of Rededication of Zion, Confirmation & Bishop Visitation.
All Saints Day, November 1, will include a visit from WV Bishop Michie Klusmeyer who will rededicate the church and perform confirmations.
The public is welcome and encouraged to share in the blessings of Zion Episcopal Church!
For more information, please call 304-725-5312, visit their website, www.zionepiscopal.net or like their Facebook page.
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