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The Parish of
the Holy Communion

P.O. Box 177
Glendale Springs, NC 28629
(336) 982-3076

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
N.C. Highway 194
West Jefferson, NC 28694

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
120 Glendale School Road (N.C. Highway 16)
Glendale Springs, NC 28629
Rev. Stephen A. Miller – Rector
Rev. Shirley Long – Deacon

Services are held each Sunday, but it is recommended to call ahead for information on which location is conducting the service. The churches are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for prayer and meditation. There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted for the upkeep of the churches. Docents are usually on site during daytime hours. A gift shop is located in the Parish House across from Holy Trinity Church.


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Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Holy Trinity was officially closed in 1946. After the church closed, members began removing the furnishings and taking them home. For over 30 years the church sat deserted and neglected – windows broken and trash piled inside and out. Father Hodge started a campaign to restore the old church in the late 1970s. As work progressed on the building, the original furnishings were returned. Today the church has its original pews, pump organ, Altar, and candle stands.

In 1980 Ben Long painted the fresco "The Lord’s Supper" behind the Altar at Holy Trinity. Long and 20 of his students spent three months completing the fresco while the church was still undergoing renovations. While numerous studies were being painted in the chapel and a rumor began circulating through the community that the visiting artists were painting people in the nude (not true of course). Area residents began taking an interest in what was taking place and were supportive of the work. The churches of the community (regardless of denomination) offered to feed the artists – creating a bit of competition for the best meal served.

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Photo by Fred Carey.

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