Churches open for Christmastime tour

December 20, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Tri-State-area residents looking for a respite from the holiday rush can check out the musical entertainment and holiday decorations at 14 Berkeley County churches this Sunday.

The tour, which is free and open to the public, is from 2 to 5 p.m. An opening ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Martinsburg that will include a blessing of the tour and a proclamation by a Martinsburg official, said Linda Fries, spokeswoman for the tour.

People are encouraged to come enjoy the holiday, the beautiful stained glass windows and the decorations at the churches, Fries said. Some churches will have music, recorded or live, and some will have refreshments.

Calvary United Methodist Church in Martinsburg will have music and a 10-foot-tall poinsettia tree made with 55 to 75 red poinsettias. The plants are set on a wooden frame to create the tree shape, Fries said.


Ultimately, the goal is to have every church in the county open for the tour, Fries said.

The tour is self-guided, but there will be volunteers at each church who can share the church history, Fries said.

The tour is sponsored by Main Street Martinsburg and City National Bank.

Churches on the tour are:

  • Otterbein United Methodist Church, 549 N. Queen St., Martinsburg

  • St. John's Lutheran Church, 101 W. Martin St., Martinsburg

  • Trinity United Methodist Church, 220 W. Martin St., Martinsburg

  • Calvary United Methodist Church, 220 W. Burke St., Martinsburg

  • Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, 117 E. Burke St., Martinsburg

  • First Presbyterian Church, 220 S. Queen St., Martinsburg

  • Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 W. King St., Martinsburg

  • Winchester Avenue Christian Church, corner of Winchester Avenue and Stephen Street, Martinsburg

  • Darkesville United Methodist Church, 6705 Winchester Ave., Darkesville

  • Inwood United Methodist Church, True Apple Way, Inwood

  • St. Leo Catholic Church, 2109 Sulphur Springs Road, Inwood

  • Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church, 9802 Winchester Ave., Bunker Hill

  • Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, 9863 Winchester Ave., Bunker Hill

  • Bedington United Methodist Church, 580 Bedington Road, Bedington

    If you go ...

    WHAT: 11th annual Christmas Tour of Churches

    WHEN: Tour is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. Opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Fourteen Berkeley County, W.Va., churches

    COST: Free

    MORE: Opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 220 W. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va. Trolley service available in the downtown Martinsburg area from 2 to 6 p.m. The trolley will start at Trinity United Methodist Church during the opening ceremony and take visitors around to Martinsburg churches. For more information, call 304-267-2890.

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