UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: In-Spiring: Celebrating 150 years of faith at Trinity Church

Saturday, December 8, 2012

In-Spiring: Celebrating 150 years of faith at Trinity Church

The Civil War was a turbulent time for the nation and the Episcopal Church, which also was fractured by the fighting. As states seceded from the Union and brother fought against brother in blue and gray, Episcopalians split along the Mason-Dixon Line, too.
In 1861, the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America was established, but the northern church refused to recognize any separation or division, according to the website,
As war raged, congregants of Trinity Episcopal Church in the seaport village of Southport were dealing with their own battle -- not man-made but waged by nature. On New Year's Day 1862, only six years after the parish had completed construction of its fourth house of worship -- a Gothic Revival-style wooden structure with "Moorish-looking pinnacles" at the corner of Pequot Avenue and Center Street -- an "odd, cyclonic gale" toppled the church's spire.
"The destruction of the church was complete. The east wall lay prone upon the ground. The west wall would also have fallen quite as far but for a venerable oak propping it up," visiting clergyman the Rev. David Short said in a historic document preserved by the church.
Almost a year later, on Dec. 11, 1862, the re-constructed Trinity Episcopal Church was consecrated, and its iconic spire once again served as a navigational guide to boats in nearby Southport Harbor "and souls alike," said the Rev. Nicholas T. Porter, the current rector of the parish.
This weekend, the church will kick off a sesquicentennial celebration of the building's consecration, and observances will continue for 15 months.
The 150th anniversary will begin with at 4 p.m. Saturday, with a reception/aperitif in the parish hall followed at 5 p.m. by a recital of organ master works of Bach, Buxtehude and Mendelssohn performed by Trinity's Music Director Ian Quinn. That concert will also mark the 40th anniversary of the church's Wilhelm Organ. READ MORE:

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