On February 3, 1951, eight women met to discuss the possibility of organizing an Episcopal Church in the Augusta Road area of Greenville. Approximately 50 people attended the next meeting. After receiving the sanction of the Bishop, the group began conducting services in the cafeteria of August Circle Elementary School.
A year later, the Diocese of Upper South Carolina accepted the church as a self-supporting parish. The first Holy Eucharist was celebrated in February 1952. By May, ground was broken for the parish hall and a chapel on the present site. Fire destroyed the sanctuary in 1969. Renovations were made that year and again in 1991. What began as a mission in 1951 continues to be a vibrant and faithful church.
churchaltarOur members, clergy, and staff find great pride in the sanctuary where the principle focus is a contemporary wooden cross, in front of which is a beautiful wooden altar. Our worship is enlivened by custom made altar frontals and banners that reflect the color of our worship season. Stained glass windows line one wall, coming brilliantly to life when the sun strikes them each morning.
The entire building surrounds the garth, a lovely memorial garden which is filled with azaleas in all colors, numerous flowering bulbs, bird feeders, dogwood trees, and an old oak. Likewise the grounds of the church have various trees, crepe myrtles, bushes and flowers.
purserhallPurser Hall, the original sanctuary, is the largest gathering place for social and educational events. It is located adjacent to a full kitchen. A secure, fenced playground area is easily accessible from the classrooms, nursery, and toddler room.
The Church of the Redeemer is a community of faith that seeks to follow Christ and His teaching and example as we share the gift of God’s profound Love with all whom we know and encounter. We are a family that finds great joy in being with God and each other. Our members are deeply committed to the growth and development of God’s parish at Redeemer. The people of the congregation spend time together, whether it is on a Sunday morning or at the many fellowship and outreach opportunities that are important to our church community. There is tremendous caring and concern for all of God’s children and we strive to live that out within, and through, our wonderful congregation as we worship, learn, and socialize together.
We continually seek to learn about Christ and look for ways to become more like Him every day. Closeness to God, meaningful involvement in church life, and feeling a sense of belonging in the church family are the most important values we share. Lay and clergy work together closely to plan and carry out goals for ministry within the church and in the surrounding community.