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More Than a Church

Established in 1664, Cople Parish is one of the oldest Episcopal parishes in the United States.  Thus, many families have been in the parish for generations. As the Northern Neck has become a popular retirement location, there has been a steady influx of new members in the parish from far and near.

There are three historic churches that make up Cople Parish, all of which are overseen by one vestry and one priest-in-charge. The original structure of what is now Yeocomico Church on Old Yeocomico Road in Kinsale likely dates to 1655 and is representative of many elements of colonial architecture. The current Nomini Church, on Cople Highway at the Nomini Bridge traces its history back to 1850.  Saint James Church in Tidwells was built in the 1890s as a community chapel and became a part of Cople Parish in 1924. More history on theses unique buildings will be found elsewhere on this site.

Typically, eucharistic services are held each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. at Saint James Church and 11:00 a.m. at Yeocomico Church. 5th Sunday services are at 10:00 a.m. at Nomini Church along with other special services throughout the year. 

Each church has its own personality, but all parishioners come together frequently for special services and events such as Homecoming, Christmas Eve, Good Friday, Lenten programs, Bible studies, weddings, funerals, and other activities beyond the regular Sunday services.

All are welcome in Cople Parish and at any of its churches.  We encourage anyone to visit any of our churches and consider becoming a part of our community.  We are sure to make you feel welcome.


The Episcopal Church

As Episcopalians, we believe in and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.  

We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.

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