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Monday, January 29, 2007

Trinity Episcopal Church, Abbeville, SC

Steeple, Trinity Episcopal church, Abbeville, SC, built 1859

We recently took a day trip through some of upstate South Carolina, including Abbeville and Laurens, SC., and other places.

This is a photo of the steeple of Trinity Episcopal Church, in Abbeville, South Carolina, USA, which, according to the link in the previous sentence, was both the birthplace and the deathbed of the Confederacy, the Southern side of the U. S. Civil war. The church was built in 1859. The congregation originated in 1842. A sign in front of the building says that the confederate army wanted to use the metal of the church's bell for weapons.

Unfortunately, the church seems to be neglected. There was a bulletin about a service, over a month old, in a sign at the front. If you look carefully, you can see some loose shingles, or something, in the steeple. There were patches of discoloration/decay all over the walls. (I believe you can get to the Flickr page for this photo, if you click on the photo itself. There's an "all sizes" link just above the photo on that page, and you can click on that, and select a larger size to see more detail.) It's too bad that this building needs repair and care. The Bible says that the church is God's people, not buildings, but buildings are still important in worship.

A Flickr member says that there was a committee to renovate the church, but nothing seems to have come of that, yet, anyway.

Although not necessary, steeples are common on top of Christian houses of worship. I believe the reason is that architects have thought of them as symbolizing pointing toward heaven. This one has a cross, which is the most common Christian symbol, on top of the steeple.

Thanks for reading.


Pastor Dave said...

I am told that you can often tell something of the theology of a congregation by the church building. If a sanctuary has high Cathedral like ceilings- they foucus on God as Majestic and all powerful. If the ceilings are lower then they see God as with them, more of a friend. The dilema- He is both. I enjoy both kinds of arcitecture.

I do hope they are able to do something to restore that church in Abbeville.

Have a Wonderful day Dr. LaBar

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks. I expect you are right about the connection. I hope they get it fixed, too, somehow.

Thanks for reading, and your wishes.