Celebration of New Ministry Service
On Wednesday evening, September 9 at 7:00 p.m., the congregation at St. Luke's joyfully came together with representatives of the Diocese of North Carolina as well as visiting ministers from the community and special guests to formally welcome our new Vicar in Charge, the Rev. Wheigar J. Bright. We were especially honored to to welcome Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry and Bishop Suffragan, Ann Hodges-Copple who officiated at our Celebration of New Ministry Service.
Pictured from left to right: Rev. Wheigar J. Bright, Beth McKee-Huger, Regional Decon, Rev. Ernest Graham, Regional Priest and Canon for Congregational Development, Bishop Suffragan, Ann Hodges-Copple and Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry
Click here to read Fr. Bright's note on this special service.
Luke's Episcopal Church welcomes our new Vicar,
the Rev. Wheigar J. Bright
The Rev. Wheigar J. Bright is an alumnus of the Nashotah House Episcopal Theological Seminary, Wisconsin, US. He holds a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Cuttington University College and a Master of Divinity Degree from Nashotah House Episcopal Theological Seminary.
Rev. Bright was ordained to the Priesthood in the Episcopal Church of Liberia in 1986 and served as the Assistant Director for Christian Education for the Episcopal Diocese of Liberian in addition to other church duties he was assigned to, before coming to the US on a scholarship to pursue graduate studies.
Rev. Bright has served in several Episcopal Churches in the US since 1991 to the present. Some of these churches are St Gabriel Episcopal, Queens, NY; St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Newark, NJ; Grace Episcopal Church, Utica, NY; Redeemer Episcopal Church, Greensboro, NC and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Yanceyville, NC.
Rev. Bright currently serves as the President of the Association of United Liberians in the Triad, an organization which serves as a support group for immigrant Liberians residing in Greensboro and High Point.
Father Bright is married to Frances Bright who is a Registered Nurse. They have two children: Julian, 12 and Christine, 9.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, a conservative church in the Anglican tradition, is located in the Spray section of Eden, North Carolina, at 600 Morgan Road. The church began as a Sunday School (taught by several visiting ministers) in 1906, in a small structure two miles from the present location. The first Rector, the Reverend William Jones Gordon, arrived in 1910 and continued the work of attending to the spiritual needs of this small congregation while promoting social reform among them. During these early years of the twentieth century, the membership increased significantly and in 1924 work began on a new church. The simple Gothic design was the work of a local architect, Mr. J. W. Hopper; another local man, a contractor named Mr. Jim Chatham, was hired to build the new St. Luke's. Members of the congregation helped by collecting rocks from farmers' fields in the nearby Axton and Cascade areas of Virginia. These rocks adorn the church building outside and also inside the sanctuary; thus the building is known throughout Rockingham County to this day as the Rock Church. The first service in the new building was held February 7, 1926. The Rt. Rev. Joseph Blount Cheshire consecrated the church in December of that year, and by 1932 the congregation had exceeded 200.
Now on the National History Register, St.Luke's continues to represent a mood of evangelism, a principle that founded many churches at the turn of the 20th century. The mission Gothic architecture of the building is a physical reminder of the English roots of the Anglican Church and represents even today the proselytizing spirit that marked many successful congregations at that time.
Our Mission Statement is reflective of a work that began 100 years ago and over the years has seen a total of seven missionaries called from St. Luke's to serve in parts of the world ranging from Alaska to India to Singapore. St. Luke's mission statement is, To love and serve Christ as Lord and Savior and to make this known to others by sharing and taking His love to all the world.
A service of Holy Eucharist is celebrated on the first three (4) Sundays. Each fifth Sunday is reserved for a Morning Prayer service except on major feast days. Seasonal services are held during Lent, Easter, Advent, Christmas and other Principal Feasts such as the Day of Pentecost., Trinity Sunday and All Saints' Day. Holy Days and Days of Special Devotion are observed throughout the church year. The Book of Common Prayer serves as a guide for our worship.
St. Luke's is grounded in the text and principles of the Holy Bible and offers numerous opportunities for Christian witness and participation, such as
- Wednesday evening Bible Study
- Sunday School for all ages
- two Home Church groups
- Men's Fellowship Breakfast
- Vacation Bible School
- Episcopal Church Women,a branch of the Diocese of North Carolina
- Ladies' Luncheon each month
- Daughters of the King group
- Time Out For Jesus children's class & music camp
- and participation in a community program for the homeless called Room at the Inn.
St. Luke's Church can be reached by calling 336-627-4668 or email us at email@example.com
We invite YOU to come and worship with us and be a part of God's work both in the community and the world at large. To HIM be the glory!