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BUILDING HISTORY: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- St. Paul's Episcopal Church has a history going back more than 150 years. Larry Cook has been organist and choir director for the past 16 years. He has seen his share of changes.

"Lots of changes," Cook said. "And a celebration of our 150th anniversary five years ago and lots of changes."

The church has a proud and well-documented history.

"The parish was organized way back in 1858 by Thomas Atkinson who was then the Bishop of North Carolina," Cook said. "He wanted a church that would welcome both blacks and whites and would have evening services, and he got a group of prominent people to work with him, and they established St. Paul's.

"The original building was located at 4th and Orange, and we have some artifacts in the church that came from that building. The stained glass windows at both the front and rear of the building. The Agnus Dei window is of Egyptian glass, and the St. Paul window is Dresden glass, and those come from the original building. We have our baptismal font, and a Bible stand was given in honor of the bishop’s wife, Josepha Atkinson."

Cook is organist, and St. Paul's has not one but two large pipe organs. People who belong to the parish and those who visit find a warm and welcoming church spirit.

"I think there's a very strong feeling, and one of the things that new people say is one of the reasons they have chosen to come to St. Paul's is that it's a very welcoming church, and they feel right at home here. I think that orders well for the future," Cook said.

Services at St. Paul's are Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and everyone is welcome.

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