A History of Caring
The worshipping community of The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter has met continuously since our birth as an Episcopal mission on March 5, 1903. Services were held in commercial facilities before the first church was built on South Boulevard in 1909, then followed by our current location on Park Road in 1957. The church was initially founded in memory of Bishop Thomas Atkinson, known as a man of prayer and principle who united the church in tumultuous times.
The history of Holy Comforter has long been about much more than bricks and mortar, it is a story of groundbreaking ideas focused on what God is calling us to do in each generation. Holy Comforter has supported the founding of other area Episcopal parishes, as well as outreach and fellowship organizations that provide ongoing service to our city. There was Boy Scout Troop 1 in1917, the very first and still active, troop in North Carolina. In 1955, the idea of launching a Holy Comforter Weekday School that cared for preschool age children of working parents was a radical yet much-needed concept. Today, the Weekday School has served generations of Charlotte families. In 1975, Holy Comforter folks established a food pantry to serve our neighbors in need that has since grown into the citywide Loaves and Fishes network. In 2009, when a child whose parents were attending English classes at the church didn’t know how to use scissors, the idea for a new ministry was born. Today, our bilingual preschool, La Escuelita, prepares low-income 3- and 4-year old Hispanic children for success in kindergarten and beyond while Hispanic Ministries strive to build bridges between Charlotte’s Latino and Anglo communities. Our parish has fully supported the establishment of two area Episcopal schools: Trinity Episcopal and Palisades Episcopal. Under the leadership of our clergy, the parishioners of Holy Comforter continue to actively engage in ministry, gather in fellowship, and worship in thanksgiving for the abundance of God.
What will Holy Comforter tackle next? That chapter is up to YOU!