St. Philip's Church celebrating its 250th anniversary

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - St. Philip's Episcopal Church is celebrating its 250th anniversary with several events this week.

On Friday, a compline service will be held at the ruins of the old St. Philip's Church in Brunswick Town at 6 p.m.

"It's kind of remarkable to think about how many people have passed through those doors over the years and prayed," said T.J. Tetzlaff, assistant priest of St. Philip's in Southport. "To celebrate the 250th, we'll be holding a service using original prayers that would have been used when it was first established. So we'll be using prayers and language from the 1662 prayer book."

Immediately following that service, there will be a historic presentation about the life of the church during the period surrounding the Revolutionary War.

On Saturday at 6 p.m., an evening prayer will be held in the historic Chapel of the Cross in Southport. Prior to the service there will be a historic presentation in the Chapel of the Cross that will link the church at Brunswick Town to the smaller church in Southport.

There will be question-and-answer session after Friday and Saturday's sessions. There will also be a re-Dedication of the Chapel of the Cross to commemorate its 175th anniversary.

On Sunday, May 26, the staff of the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site will celebrate St. Philip's 250th anniversary with a day program.

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