About St. Mary of the Hills
St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Parish
Church Office Hours
Marjory Holder, Sr. Warden
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The Reverend Richard Lawler, Rector
I have been the rector of St. Mary of the Hills over twelve years. I have a deep love of the Episcopal Church and the life of prayer embodied in the Book of Common Prayer. Our mornings regularly begin with the Morning Office which speaks to the importance of prayer to this parish. Our choir provides an almost unbelieveable quality of singing and leadership on Sunday morning Eucharists which are the very heart of our life together.
I have worked with youth in the church for thirty years and continue to find that commitment one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of ministry. I am routinely inspired by the lay leadership of the more extroverted faces of ministry in service, outreach, evangelism and mission. I need lots of help here and continue to find it in the compassionate action of lay ministers in this parish.
I love to play tennis (when there’s no snow on the courts), hike with my wife and dog Sadie in the beautiful mountains, read, exercise, and play couch potato while watching just about any sporting event you can name. Of late I have been especially inspired to study and respond to the desert fathers and mothers of the third and fourth centuries and the Irish saints of next few centuries. My sabbatical two years ago to Ireland was of enormous importance to me as I made a pilgrimage to County Antrim, Northern Ireland, my mother’s family homeland.
If you ever make it to this lovely parish there is nothing I would like more than to sit with you and wonder about the spiritual life over a cup of coffee.
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Dr. James Bumgardner, Director of Music
Greta Wilson, Administrative Assistant
Bill Stroh, Sexton
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St. Mary of the Hills was built in 1918 and dedicated in 1921 as the Susie Parker Stringfellow Memorial Church. With the generous gift of Elliott Daingerfield’s painting of St. Mary the Virgin, the name was changed to St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Mission. St. Mary of the Hills became a parish in 1972.
St. Mary of the Hills houses within the confines of the grounds several items of interest these include the following:
The painting of St. Mary which hangs above our retable. Elliot Daingerfield was an artist of national renown who was a summer communicant at St. Mary’s for over 50 years.
Four bells that were cast in Baltimore and installed in 1921, electrified in 1951, and still ring daily on the hour. The largest was dedicated to the men from Watauga County who fought in World War I. The ivy on the tower housing the bells is said to have originated from a sprig growing in the cloister at Westminster Abbey.
In February of 2003 the Stations of the Cross were completed and installed in the Nave. These beautiful objects of devotional art were designed by Alex Hallmark.
A beautiful new set of kneelers for the church were dedicated in the summer of 2005.
As the Congregation of St. Mary’s continued to grow, an addition was completed in 1994 to maintain the integrity, beauty, and uniqueness of the original structure.
In the year 2000, a second floor addition over the Parish Hall was built to accommodate our need for increased Sunday School space.
Click here to get directions to St. Mary of the Hills from your location.
From Charlotte: i-85 South to Gastonia, North on US 321 to Blowing Rock. At first traffic light, turn left on Sunset Drive, to next light (Main Street), turn left on Main. St. Mary's will be down four blocks on the left at the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets. 93 miles from downtown Charlotte.
From Winston-Salem: US 421 North to Boone. In Boone, turn left on NC 105, go two traffic lights to intersection on 105 and US 321. Turn left (South) on US 321 to Blowing Rock. At second traffic light in Blowing Rock (Sunset Drive), turn right on Sunset, go to next light (Main Street), turn left on Main. St. Mary's will be down four blocks on the left at the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets. 93 miles from downtown Winston-Salem.
from Boone: Take US 321 south to Blowing Rock. At second traffic light in Blowing Rock (Sunset Drive), turn right on Sunset, go to next light (Main Street), turn left on Main. St. Mary's will be down four blocks on the left at the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets. 8 miles from downtown Boone.
from Linville and points west: Take NC 105 into Boone to intersection of US 321/221. Turn right (South) on US 321 toward Blowing Rock. At second traffic light in Blowing Rock (Sunset Drive), turn right on Sunset, go to next light (Main Street), turn left on Main. St. Mary's will be down four blocks on the left at the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets. 19 miles from Linville.
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