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~(;E Wednesday, April 18, 2012 ~)p( r[I ,,(" JEFFERSON .,,a ),;a.RM)~:R'S AOV(X::,~I'r! Charles Town's Zion Epis- copal Church has a rich history, The churchyard contains the graves of nu- merous members of the Washington family as well as Lt. Col. Preston Chew, chief of-the Horse Artillery of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. ROBERT SMITH 0 ROBERT SMITH Soirit Staff CHARLES TOWN - Zion Episcopal Church is almost as old as Charles "Ibwn. The congregation can trace its history back to 18115. A larger church was built on the orig- inal site in 1848, but was destroyed by fire shortly after its dedication. According to an excerpt from the Spirit of Jefferson about the fire: "This church, as our distant readers may be aware, had just been erected, at a cost of six or seven thousan d dol- lars. In size, beauty of architecture, superior finish, interior and exterior, it surpassed any other church we know of in the valley of Vir- ginia." The present church was completed in 1851. Dui'ing the Civil War, it was used as a hospi- tal for Union troops and suffered significant damage. The word Zion means "city on the hill, the heavenly Jerusalem," and this church sits on the highest point in Charles Town. Surrounding the church ~s a churchyard containing 1.500 graves. Se~v'enty members of George Washingtbn's family are buried here. more than any single site in the United States. save for Mount Vernon. Ni~ety Confederate soldiers are buried here, along with two Revo- lutionary War soldiers. The church does not use the word graveyard or cemetery to describe the gravesites. "The churchyard is not simply a place of repose, it is a place of joy. "You are surrounded by the saints of Zion and those that have died and those that are living," the Rev. Melanie Mc- Carley "said. "Members of the community are welcome to walk through our churchyard." McCarley was ordained 20 years ago and has served at Zion for 11 years. Originally from Reston, Va., McCarley served previously at church- es in Virginia and Indiana. She holds a bachelor's de- gree from Mary Washington University and a master's in divinity from Virginia Theo- logical Seminary. The church is deeply rooted in Holy Scripture, reason and tradition. "'We are focused on following Christ," McCarley said. The church embraces its P community. "Faith is not confined to four walls, but is best lived out in your daily life." McCarley said. "Church is a place of support for those sent out in mission." A founding member of Jefferson Coun- ty Community Ministries and a board mem- ber of Good Shepherd Interfaith Caregivers. Zion serves as the host site of the Jefferson County cold weather homeless shelter and hosts a monthly meal ministry the last Satur- day of each month, where about 150 people are fed. Zion sent adults on missions to Mississip- pi following Hurricane Katrina and has sent teens on missions to Kentucky and Tennes- see. McCarley and hei" daughter. Hannah, re- cently traveled to Bogata, Colombia, to es- tablish relations between the Diocese of West Virginia and Colombia. Zion holds two Sunday services. A tradi- tional Holy Eucharist and sermon starts at 8 a.m.'followed by a choral Eucharist service at 10:30 a,m. Other services during the week include a healing service at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday. A weekly Bible study, ecumenical and open to anyone, is offered Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Zion also hosts a spring auction set to be held at Harewood this year -- and an an- nual farmer's market held the first weekend in November. The farmer's market includes a flea market; thousands of books, clothing and bake items offered for sale. For more information about Zion Episco- pal Church, contact the church at 304-725- 5312. Pools & Hot Tubs Bob & Janle's Pool Supplies 1471 W, ~gton St Harpers Ferry, WV 1 1 0 South George Street Charles Town, (304) 725-7081 Used Auto Parts Light & Heavy Duly Towing U.T. 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