R E Lee Memorial
Episcopal Church

Growing in the Knowledge of God's Word

Building the Fellowship of the Church

Caring for One Another and the Community

Welcome to R. E. Lee Memorial
Episcopal Church

Sunday Mornings

Holy Eucharist
8 am and 10:30 am

Dwelling in the Word Bible Study
9:15, Library

Children's Program
9:15, Nursery

 2nd Sunday Taize' Eucharist

5 pm

For those who may have issues navigating the front stairs a ramp has been built on the west side of the church. You can access the ramp from Washington Street.

We welcome you to R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church! We are the Lexington parish of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. We exclude no one as we seek
the love of God and service to Christ in all persons, strive for justice and peace

among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.

Thank you for visiting our website and we hope to see you in person soon!

Parish House Under Construction

That rat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat rattling the Parish House this summer is the sound of our church creating two new ways for us to be a more welcoming church in the years to come.

We welcome all regardless of age or disability – so we will offer a larger, functioning, state-of-the-art elevator. We welcome all students from our neighboring campuses (our original mission from the 1840s) – so we are creating a huge new room on the third floor to prepare for a larger, vibrant College Ministry.

This double project began June 13, a Monday. The new college-ministry room, which expands on the former choir room, is only one piece of a major renovation of the Parish House now underway. That dramatic re-construction is on schedule to be completed by mid-August.

The other part of the project is to replace the old elevator, which had been stuck between floors since December. It was declared dead in January. The new one is to be installed the second week of September.

Yes, these are ambitious commitments. They have been in the planning stages for at least two years, along with plans for a new pipe organ designed for our sanctuary by world-renown organ builders Casavant Frères and an architectural design to convert the Undercroft into community rooms and a rehearsal-and-performance space.

Much hard work has gone into all of these plans, including years of volunteer time given by dedicated and experienced parish leaders. As of May, no decisions had been made about going forward on any of this. Funding options were in discussion. The future of this historic church, our mission, our call from God -- all of this was under discernment as we worked through challenging ideas in the two books by Dwight Zscheile and aired our differences about the name of our church.  


But then, the old elevator died, forcing the Vestry to move ahead with the new elevator. Since that work was tied up with the entire re-design for the Parish House, the Finance Committee recommended and the Vestry approved moving ahead with the whole package. It would have cost far more to make these separate projects.

So the work is underway. The noise and inconvenience are temporary. The church-wide discussion will continue.

Look to this website for more information. If you have questions, ask your Vestry members.

Click here for Construction Photos

-- Doug Cumming

Over 80 children, helpers and adults participated in the Helping Hands: Sharing God's Love in the Neighborhood Vacation Bible School. They  learned about being part of God's beloved community by visiting the RARA Food Pantry, dusting bookshelves and helping in the Rockbridge Regional Library, helping the Community Table set up for lunch, visiting Project Horizon, delivering Meals for Shut-Ins, making goodie bags for shut-ins and
working in the Campus Kitchen garden.

Our VBS was a joint ministry of R E Lee Memorial Episcopal, Good Shepherd Lutheran, Lexington Presbyterian and Trinity United Methodist Churches.

A big thank you
goes to Lexington Presbyterian Church
for hosting us this year!
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