Our Church History: a Dream and a Prayer

Christian Community Church held its first worship service on January 2, 1998 at Purcellville's Loudoun Valley Community Center; our pastor, Roland England, had finally achieved a long time dream to plant a church in Western Loudoun. 


CarrollDorisAfter that first service, Carroll Crim said to me, "This is God's answer to prayer [for a new church]!" Carroll believed this was the church for which he had prayed for ten years. Carroll, a WW II Veteran, was a true prayer warrior and our first deacon.


In  late 1999, our search for a new meeting place led to Harpers Ferry Road and then empty St. Paul's Lutheran Church. We purchased the property for $1:00; including the 1835 fieldstone church, fellowship hall and cemetery. With our first service in May, 2000, buildings empty for 30 years came to life again. We began using the name Christian Community Church at St Paul's. Years of resoration, renovation and improvements followed.

 

Carroll and Doris Crim are pictured here in their Purcellville home. Now apart from us. they are present with the Lord: Doris in Dec. 18, 2015; Carroll in Dec. 25, 2016.


The church is a member of the Shenandoah Association of the United Church of Christ's Central Atlantic Conference. Link to Central Atlantic Conference


In 2010 we celebrated Ten years at St. Paul's and the church's 175th Anniversery.

 

Bill-Tom-Roland

 

Tommy Reed is our stone mason, Bill Moore made the time capsule;

Roland offers a prayer before it is placed in the wall behind the cornerstone.

 

Mosby

 

St. Paul's was built in 1835. Nearly 30 years later on a cold winter night during the Civil War, January 9, 1864, John S. Mosby and his Confederate Rangers planned to attack Major Henry Cole's Union camp three miles north of St. Paul's at Loudoun Heights. Near midnight, Mosby, in planning for the raid, met Confederate scout Frank Stringfellow at St. Paul's before proceeding to attack the Union camp. Keith Rocco's painting depicts the scene. 

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