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Steeple and Maintenance

In the later part of the 18th century there was suddenly a wave of interest and pride in the building of church steeples.  After much discussion, the vestry at Holy Trinity decided to undertake the construction of a steeple provided that the necessary funds could be raised. The cost was estimated at 1500 pounds. A subscription list was drawn up and the pastor and elders visited the people, securing 210 liberal subscriptions.  Given the commitment to finance the project,  work on the foundation began in 1785.  The walls were seven feet in thickness and, in places, seventeen feet in depth. By the following year, the height had reached 86 feet and the cost at this point reached an alarming 1100 pounds. 

On December 1, 1791, an agreement was reached with two Philadelphia carpenters to continue with the construction. From this point, construction progressed rapidly. To help fund the remaining work, the Pennsylvania legislature was petitioned for a permit to allow the congregation to run a lottery. The lottery was a success, and the project was completed on December 8, 1794. The height is 195 feet, just 20 inches shorter than the steeple on Christ Church, Philadelphia.

No documents can be found as to who carved the original statues of the four apostles that were placed on the tower. It is assumed that they came from Philadelphia, and that they were made by a sculptor who was skilled at carving figureheads used on ships built there in the late eighteenth century. The National Park Service suggests they may be the oldest use of figureheads for an ecclesiastical purpose in this country. These statues were removed after 154 years due to wood deterioration. They were repaired with plaster, painted, and now rest in the church narthex. New wood statues were carved and placed in 1950.

Trinity has had a series of bells over the years. The present set of eight were made in Sheffield, England in 1861, and are of cast steel, perhaps the only remaining cast steel bells in this country. They are in the key of E, and weigh 7705 pounds. Fitting into this range is one bell cast in London in 1768. This bell was probably used in Trinity’s original stone church, located where our parish house now stands.

In 1927, John Lippold wrote in the booklet, “Old Trinity”:

“It stands a monument without precedent or parallel to that period in early American architecture, of transition from the necessary crude, but substantial, to the decorative and ornamental, when craftsmen vied with each other to produce the beautiful. As one generation planted its base on solid rock, firm and substantial, a succeeding generation completed its beautiful spire, and the descendants of its builders still assist to maintain and preserve it.”

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Family News

Making Waves at Bible School

During Night Four of Vacation Bible School, Grace Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran once again took Downtown Lancaster to the beach. We sang, played games, did arts and crafts, prayed and learned how Christ is central to our life. Join us Wednesday, July 10th at Grace Lutheran beginning with dinner at 5:30pm for our final night of VBS and make waves.

Vacation Bible School Kickoff

We discovered that God made people with a purpose! God created this beautiful planet and all the animals and it's up to us to take care of his creation! We sang, crafted "Beach Planters", played the "Litter Bug minute", made "Trash Castles", did "The Wave, and heard the story of Creation! Our VBS continues next Wednesday, June 12th at Trinity Lutheran Church starting at 5:30 pm with a family dinner!

Holy Trinity Hunger Garden

This past Sunday, Trinity started a summertime service project: Hunger Planters. We'll need people to volunteer to water the planters during the week. This will help our vegetables grow, which will help feed downtown Lancaster. You can sign up to water the planters in the narthex on Sunday morning. Also, if you have a home garden and would like to donate your excess fruits and vegetables, we'll gladly accept those donations

Upcoming Events

July 28, 2024

Adult Forum – Homelessness

Homelessness in Lancaster County. It may be a bigger issue than you think. A video presentation from the Hourglass Foundation and Lancaster County Homeless Coalition.

July 28, 2024

Faith Talk after Worship in the Library and via zoom

The Gospel of Matthew – Chapter 1 Continues

August 4, 2024

Faith Talk after Worship in the library and via zoom

The Gospel of Matthew – Chapter 2

August 11, 2024

Upside Down Summer Bible Story Time

Over the summer Children, Tweens, and Teens are invited to hear "Upside Down" Bible stories! We're going to hear three parables Jesus tells that completely change how we think the world should work! Story time will follow worship August 11th. Story time will start at 10:45 a.m. in the Parish House Café. (Don't forget to join us for worship for the children's sermon as well!)