Tinkling Spring is located on forty-one acres of beautiful hillside in the Shenandoah Valley. Our commitment has always been to support and provide for our church members and for the community.
The church’s grounds include the sanctuary, Spring Hall with a full kitchen and gymnasium, the education building, the church office, the Fellowship Hall with a full kitchen, the outdoor pavilion, the playground area, three cemeteries, and a natural spring named The Tinkling Spring from which the church derived its name. Below is a description of our large spaces that are often reserved for weddings, funerals, showers, reunions, athletics, and other needs. If you would like to reserve one of the church facilities, please check out our facilities calendar to see if the date is available, and then contact the church office at email@example.com or call (540)885-0746 to reserve the space.
Construction of the new sanctuary began on August 14, 2005, and was completed in April 2007. The sanctuary is adorned with stained glass windows and plush carpet. In front of the sanctuary is a chancel area that contains a pulpit, piano, organ, and chairs for the choir members. At the front are the visual furniture marking the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; the Baptismal Font and the Communion Table. Off the chancel area, there is a large music room where various groups practice and the office for the music director. Together the sanctuary and balcony seat 525 people.
Located in our main building, Spring Hall was built in 1998 and serves as our gymnasium; a multipurpose room with a full kitchen and stage area. It seats approximately 350 people.
Located across from the church, the fellowship hall is a white building situated near the old cemetery. Some of the rock foundation of this building came from the original church building. The fellowship hall is often used for bridal and wedding showers, as well as for many other church events, and contains a full kitchen. The fellowship hall seats approximately 125 people.
Located behind the main building, the pavilion is our best kept secret. On Sunday mornings during the summer months, our 8:30 a.m. service is held at the pavilion, weather permitting. The pavilion has ten picnic tables, a grill area with a fireplace, and additional lighting for evening events.
Many churches founded in the eighteenth century are surrounded by cemeteries. Tinkling Spring Church is no exception. It literally has cemeteries on three sides of the church building. The original cemetery, or “Old Cemetery,” is a short distance west of the site of the original sanctuary and near the “Tinkling Spring” which continues to flow today. The exact date of the first burial is not known however, this date is believed to be a s early as 1735. Wooden markers were used to identify the graves. Because of the use of wooden markers, many of these graves are now unmarked. One of the original wooden markers has survived and is now preserved in the church museum. The “Old Cemetery” is the final resting place for the earthly remains of many of our early church leaders including veterans of the American Revolutions. Two of the graves have been appropriately marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution. During the early to middle of the 1800s the lack of sufficient space in the “Old Cemetery” led to the development of the “New Cemetery” located north of the present sanctuary. Both the old and new cemeteries contain the graves of casualties as well as veterans of the American Civil War. A detailed plan and diagram of the “New Cemetery” dated August 1876, was prepared by the Engineer Office of Jed. Hotchkiss, Staunton, Va. Hotchkiss was well known as the map-maker for the Confederate General Stonewall Jackson during the Civil War. The “New Cemetery” has been expanded to twice the original size and continues to be used. Directly east of the present sanctuary is the “East Cemetery” which has fallen in to neglect and was “rediscovered” during the 1980’s. It contains an unknown number of unmarked graves and all the time if it’s rediscovery was incorrectly referred to as a “slave cemetery”. Subsequent research along with the minutes of congregational meetings indicate it was created circa1914 to serve as a segregated cemetery for “the colored members” of Tinkling Spring Congregation. A granite monument has been placed at the entrance of the “East Cemetery” on which is inscribed: “There is neither Jew nor Greek. There is neither bond nor free. There is neither male or female. For ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28. KJV)
Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church is in the process of determining the feasibility of developing a computerized system enabling us to capture all available information concerning those buried in our cemeteries.
The Historical Preservation Ministry will have a representative at the church by appointment only for those who want to learn more about Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church. If you have genealogical inquires or questions regarding the history of Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church, please email your requests to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, contact information, and a detailed message. Your email will be forwarded to the Historical Preservation Ministry Chair and they will reply as quickly as possible.