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

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.

Sunday Mornings

Holy Eucharist
8 am and 10:30 am

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.

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

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