"I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the
Lord." ( Psalm 122:1)
Corinth Church is a complete, integrated, and functional building for Christian worship, Christian education, and Christian recreation. The building has been designed to retain the solemn dignity of old European cathedrals, but at the same time furnish the comforts and functioning of modern day living. From the time one catches a glimpse of the tall aluminum spire gleaming through the trees, until he walks through the Gothic limestone entrance into the narthex, one experiences no doubt as to the ecclesiastical character of the building.
The exterior of the building is of gray Georgia granite with Indiana limestone trim. The roof is of weathered brown clay tile and the gutters and downspouts are lead coated copper. The spire is of extruded and structural aluminum rising 164 ft. 6 in. from the terrace floor at the entrance. The belfry below the spire is built up of carved and moulded limestone tracery, giving a lacy and ethereal feeling to the church tower. The main entrance is of limestone having carvings similar to those found on French Gothic churches.
Corinth's sanctuary, completed in 1959, is magnificent, stately, and calm. It casts a serious solemnity over the entire area. The interior rises 56 feet from the black slate floor to the peak. Dark stained oak rails, pulpit, and pews grace the interior. The altar is made of Italian White Carrara Blanco marble.
The choir and organ rails, the chancel and pulpit, organ grilles and the reredos are all of the same quarter sawn oak with same feeling of carved tracery and mouldings bring an interesting play of light and shade to the dark woodwork.
The Pipe Organ was designed and built by M.P. Moller, Inc. of Hagerstown, Maryland and is a gift of Mrs. Eli T. Watson. It is divided into two large organ chambers, on each side of the Sanctuary. Tonally, the organ is capable of producing very soft beautiful effects, barely audible at the rear of the nave -- through a gradual, smooth build-up of volume of the various tone families, to the full organ, which includes all of the sets of pipes being used together. The organ was built in 1959 and expanded in 1991 to four manuals and 2652 pipes.
Corinth's stained glass windows were created by J. Wippell and Co., Ltd., of Exeter, England, and purchased through the studios of George L. Payne of Patterson, New Jersey. The chancel window features Christ's victory over death as he emerges from the tomb. Christ is surrounded by the shields of the twelve apostles. The base of the window portrays the Last Supper. The narthex window includes scenes of Jesus' nativity and boyhood. Symbols of the Christian faith adorn the chancel and narthex windows, as well as those in the nave and transepts.
The church staff offices are located in the west wing of the educational building (on the way to the fellowship hall).
In addition to the sanctuary, Corinth Church provides an ample educational plant together with recreational facilities for its membership. Connected to the main sanctuary building by a cloister the educational building is also built of granite with clay roof. Here the design has departed from the cathedral Gothic to a purely functional design by presenting a harmonious whole by the use of similar materials.
Three nursery rooms provide for crib babies, one-year olds, two-year and three-year olds. Two kindergarten rooms contain built-in cabinets and furniture designed to the scale of four and five year olds. Primary ages are provided with three classrooms and an assembly room. The intermediate and juniors, likewise, have assembly rooms and classrooms, each equipped with a beautifully designed worship center. The library is located in the same area, and is equipped with comfortable chairs and tables, and stocked with books interesting to children of all ages.
The Fellowship Hall is equipped with a stage, dressing rooms, kitchen fitted with all modern equipment for ease in preparing and serving meals.
Church volunteers constructed a new playground in 1996 with equipment purchased from from Mountain Forge, a division of Rubbermaid. Designed for ages 2-10, the steel and molded polyethylene equipment meets safety standard of platform height and ground surface resiliency.
All buildings are handicapped accessible.
Three gardens enhance the beauty of the grounds. Abernethy Garden, donated originally by Julius Whitener Abernethy, Sr., was restored in 1996, and is located in the courtyard behind the Sunday School rooms. Warlick Memorial Garden, dedicated in 1990, is a beautiful azalea garden in memory of Donnell Coulter Warlick, and is located behind the sanctuary. Memorial Garden, as dedicated in 1988 to provide space for the interment of cremains in a peaceful setting on the church property with perpetual maintenance provided by the Memorial Garden Fund.
Certainly a description of Corinth Church would be incomplete without mention of the beautiful site upon which the edifice has been erected. Situated in the suburban area of Hickory, ten (10) serene acres of wooded land rise slightly above the surrounding terrain assuring quiet, peaceful and serene atmosphere where God's goodness to Corinth Church, may be contemplated in due reverence.