Grace Episcopal Church
Massies Mill, Virginia
“…You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief cornerstone…”
We’re a small, caring, affirming congregation with a deep commitment to social action in our county and beyond. Known as “the little church with the big heart,” we value diversity of all kinds and share an open-minded approach to spirituality. We are committed to the Good News made real through how we live our lives. We love sharing good food. We love music and the performing arts, appreciating our choir’s weekly offerings as well as special concerts from talented artists, the “Joy Consort” of local recorder players, and occasional theatric presentations. And we have a sense of humor, too!
Grace Episcopal Church in Massies Mill was built in 1885 and consecrated August 9, 1889. One of the loveliest churches in Nelson County, its ancestry can be traced back to old Jonesboro Free Church around 1812. This was a church building shared by Baptists, Methodists, and Episcopalians, producing a rich local community history and comradery among these congregations both before and after they had separate homes.
In August of 1969 Hurricane Camille caused disastrous flooding, destroying much of Massies Mill and other areas of Nelson County. Grace Church suffered much damage, but was repaired with the help of Mennonites through their disaster relief program. On August 9, 1970, new stained glass windows were dedicated, including one known as the “Flood Window” which pictures Noah and the Ark, and includes, at the lower end, Grace Church in the flood.