Raleigh’s Historic Downtown Churches
The City of Raleigh is rich in its people, culture, architecture, and numerous historic homes and buildings located in the downtown area. Eight historic churches surround the State Capitol, spanning 200 years of North Carolina history: one Methodist church, two Baptist churches, two Episcopal churches, one Catholic cathedral, one Presbyterian church and one African Methodist Episcopal church. The congregations of all eight houses of worship rejoice in their shared love of God and of their brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as their common bonds of mission and ministry within the community and throughout the world.
Christ reminds us in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Raleigh’s historic downtown churches are the PEOPLE who gather together to worship and to serve the Lord. The buildings in which they gather are fine examples of religious architecture, including English Gothic, late Gothic Revival, Romanesque Revival, and Traditional styles. They serve congregants from all over the Triangle area, including the residential populations of Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Garner, Clayton, Durham and Chapel Hill, as well as office, government and retail workers who populate downtown Raleigh during the weekdays. These historic churches provide a unique spiritual and architectural counterpoint to the commercial and institutional structures that surround but cannot diminish them.
A Shared Past, Present and Future
Since the inception of the Community of Historic Churches in 2011, the organizers have found themselves blessed to discover that their churches’ differences are inconsequential when measured against what they share: their place in the history of Raleigh and North Carolina; their challenge to survive and thrive in a modern, urban environment; and their vision for a strong, vital future as they continue to love and serve the Lord.