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...Charles Edwards Gregg, and Mr. J. W. Howard were asked to solicit a
certain sum each. Chisolm Wallace acted as treasurer and helped with the supervision of
the work. A composition roof replaced the one of decayed shingles, new steps were put of
brick, and the building repainted inside and out. H. M. Kyle gave a fine check which was
used towards a new carpet.
At sometime,when the Church was closed, the Bible was stolen from the
lectern and the Communion silver lost. In the spring of 1946, Misses Mary and Emma Bacot,
and Francis Bacot Rogers (brother of Mason Rogers) gave a beautiful chalice and paten in
memory of Mason Rogers who was lost on the Juno. John Parker Bultman gave a brass missal
stand for the Altar. With gifts of money which he had received, Mr. Poynor got a bread
box, a cruet, and two beautiful prayer books, a large one for the Altar (an Altar Missal)
and a smaller one. Mrs. J. L. Richardson gave a cruet. All of these were and used
consecrated for the first time at a Communion Service which Mr. Poynor had on the morning
of June 15, 1946, just before leaving for Alabama. At the same service we presented Mr.
and Mrs. Poynor with a silver plate to be used in their new home. As things worked out,
their home is right in Florence.
On the first Sunday in December 1946, Rev. Mr. Louis A. Haskell was
installed by Bishop Carruthers as rector of St. John's, Florence. Christ Church was not
included in his work.
Wherever my brother and I went at that time we passed the Church
closed, un-needed, uncared for. Finally I went to Mr. Haskell and suggested to do
something about it. He talked with the Bishop and the outcome was a call to meet with the
Bishop and him at our home on the evening of November 28, 1949. All of that afternoon and
evening, we had a series of hard thunder showers, which made the unpaved road risky. So
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Kyle and Mrs. E. M. Matthews were the only ones who braved obstacles
and came to the meeting. Our enthusiasm was enough to outweigh our lack of numbers. The
Bishop was very encouraging and said he would be glad to cooperate with us. He asked Mr.
Haskell to give us two afternoon services a month, which he agreed to
do. The first of these services was held on the third Sunday of December,1948. At this
meeting Mr. Kyle volunteered to have made two signs to put up on the road in front of the
Church. The signs are very attractive giving the name of the Church, the minister in
charge, and the hour of the service.
On a Saturday afternoon of January, 1950, Mr. Haskell called all who
were interested in Christ Church to meet with him and the Bishop at St.John's Parish
House. The response was surprisingly good. Twelve persons signed up for Christ Church and
a mission was formed. Ashby Gregg was made warden and Robert Rogers secretary-treasurer.
Later five others joined us. It was decided at this meeting to hold one service a month -
each third Sunday.
On May 27, 1950, we held another meeting at the Parish House to discuss
plans for putting a new sill under the north side of the building and minor repairs;
heating, lighting, and an organ. We would have to raise at least $1,500.00. A number of
suggestions were made which furnished good food for thought, but nothing definite was
Two of our ministers were buried in the Church yard; four of those who
ministered to us have become Bishops; one volunteered for Foreign Service, and, I think,
was sent to Haiti. And of our very own we have given Alice Gregg who is serving in China.
On the day Alice was confirmed in Christ Church, she was the only candidate; so her
grandmother went up and stood by her during the service. This made a most unusual group;
the dear old Bishop, Mr. Thomas, the pretty little white-haired lady, and the little girl
Bessie A. Gregg
My thanks to:
Bishop Thomas, Alice Beaty,
Harry Lee Harllee, and Others for
their help so graciously given