Church to celebrate tricentennial in January

(Source: Parish Church of St. Helena)
(Source: Parish Church of St. Helena)

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - The oldest public building in Beaufort will mark its 300th anniversary next month.

The Parish Church of St. Helena will host a ceremony to celebrate its 300th year on Jan. 22.

The opening celebration runs from 9:15 to 10 a.m. Flag bearers in 18th century costumes will hold various historic flags and in period costumes and line the church's front walkway. A town crier will cry a greeting from Queen Elizabeth and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

At noon, the Right Reverend and Right Honorable Richard Chartres, Lord Bishop of London, will be a special guest and will preach at the service, according to a church news release.

The worship service will include a sermon by Bishop Chartres and original tricentennial music composed by English composer Malcolm Archer will be performed by the St. Helena's choir and musicians.

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