Saturday, January 4, 2014

After the split: Former Holy Trinity members slowly build Episcopal worshipping community of their own

From South Carolina-

A cradle Episcopalian, the Okatie resident was all but born and raised inside the historic church walls. It's where she was baptized and confirmed, learned the Catechism and the life of Jesus. It's where she was taught the Lord's Prayer and recited it every Sunday.

It's where her parents were married, sitting in the same pew together until her father, deSaussure Pinckney, died 10 years ago. His initials, "DEP," remain in the bell tower where he carved them as a boy.

Nancy Gault also left Holy Trinity. She became Episcopalian when she married her husband more than 40 years ago, and they were married in an Episcopal church in Pennsylvania. There her children were baptized and she served on the vestry.

She and her husband moved to Okatie in the early 2000s, and they had been members of the church for seven years.

Pinckney and Gault left Holy Trinity because they wanted to remain Episcopalian and their church did not.

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