Putting on its Sunday best

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Posted: October 31, 2012

Junior Jenkins (right) of Middletown and Jonas Smoot of Woodstock paint historic Friendship Chapel near Stephens City on Thursday. The chapel, now part of Fairview United Methodist Church, was built in 1894. The chapel and church are located within 200 yards of each other and have long been known as the “Double Churches.” In 1991, the road on which they are located was designated Double Church Road. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
Junior Jenkins positions a ladder near the building. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
Junior Jenkins paints a window sash. He says it took him about three weeks to paint the outside of the chapel — a job that hadn’t been done in some time. His next task is to paint the chapel’s ceiling. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
Friendship Chapel is used these days for weddings and special services, such as a traditional Thanksgiving service, according to Fairview UMC church member Betty Stelzl. The chapel was originally of the Brethren faith. In 1967, the Brethrens and Methodists merged to form the United Methodist denomination. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)



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