The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

Post Office Box 130
Hwy 64/74
106 Saylor Lane
Bat Cave, N.C. 28710
Phone: 828-625-9244


Rev. J. Wesley Shields, Rector
The Right Rev. G. Porter Taylor,
Bishop Diocese of Western N.C.

Worship With Us

Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10
Adult Sunday School at 9
Children's Sunday School at 10:00

Holy Eucharist and Healing  at 10
Bible Study at 11

The Church of the Transfiguration serves a diverse congregation made up of year round residents, part-time residents, and visitors to the area.  In this Holy place, we come together to nurture and support each other on our spiritual journeys. Together we find empowerment for our ministries.  Won't you join us?

 Monthly Meetings and Events


Friendship Dinners Every Sunday  4:30 in the Parish Hall
The community is invited.
Dinner is free.
No dress code. No reservations.
No Church Service.  Just fellowship.

Church Breakfasts
The Third Saturday of each month
Eggs, pancakes, biscuits, gravy, grits sausage, bacon .... Yumm!!
Feb 20

Wed. Night Covered Dish Dinner
The last Wed. of each month at 5:30
Check for Feb. schedule of Lenten Programs and Dinners

TCW Meetings
That is our ECW!
2nd Tuesday of the month.
Meeting at 12;30
Bring a bag lunch
Feb 9

Vestry Meetings
Second Wednesday of the month
12:30 in the Parish Hall
All are welcome
Feb 10

Bare Necessities Group
First Wednesday of the month
3:00 - 7:00 in the Parish Hall
All are welcome
March 2

Firewood Ministry
Every Monday at 9 a.m.
Cutting and delivering
firewood to those in need
Call Wes for more information.

M & M
Mature and Motivated
Join us for games, exercise, yoga, and a lot of laughter and fun.
Check the Newsletter for dates




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Couldn't make it to Church on Sunday?  We miss you when you aren't in the pews, but you can still hear Fr. Wes's sermons by following this link below or by going to the Sermons page for past sermons.    


Check the Newsletter  for information on upcoming events.

Lay Ministry Schedule for Jan - Mar

Mark your calendar:

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at 5:30
Feb 9

Ash Wednesday Service
Feb 10 at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday Lenten Suppers and Program
Beginning Feb. 17 at 5:30
Bring a dish to share
The first topic that we will discuss will be forgiveness. We will be using a book entitled
The Art of Forgiving by Lewis Smedes. Copies are available on Amazon or
contact Wes and he will get you a copy.

Kids' movie night rescheduled for Feb. 12
Check with Dawn for details at



2015 was a great year.  See what's been going on at
The Church of the Transfiguration in Bat Cave!
Watch for what's new in 2016.

Thanks Laura!  What a great photo of the Church in the snow.

Laura and Kathy with diaper kits and material ready to be blessed and then taken on their mission trip to Haiti in January 2016.
For more information on the Bare Necessities Ministry Click here or follow the link on the sidebar.


Third Saturday Breakfast and the Coffee Hour after the Sunday 10:00 Service
We're always happy to sit down together and eat!


Year in Review 2015


Christmas Eve.  Henry carries the Baby Jesus to the altar and placed in the Nativity Scene.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. 

A small group of carolers visited Church members before Christmas.
Miss Daisy greeted the carolers and looks like she is enjoying the singing.

  The TCW (Transfiguration Church Women) Christmas Luncheon

The First Annual Art and Bake Sale sponsored by the Transfiguration Church Women on Dec. 5 featured seven artists from the Church.  The Children made ornaments and candle decorations, many contributed baked goods.  Proceeds go to sponsor children in our sister diocese in Durgapur, India and to benefit other outreach ministries. (For more photos, visit our photo album.)

Bare Necessities has been busy!  Four newborn baby kits have been given to families in the area.  Eight diaper kits have been delivered and sent home with Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach clients.   We sent about 100 flat diapers to Guatemala via the Diapers for Haiti organization.  We delivered 15 diaper kits and 15 feminine hygiene kits to the Sister of Mercy medical missionary team.  This group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 3 -7.   Laura Shields along with her children Cody and Tucker make another Bare Necessities Delivery.

  The Fall colors surrounded the Church. Thanks Blaine for another great photograph!


The Spiritual Garden makes our walk from the Church to the Parish Hall such a treat.  Thanks to these hard working TCW ladies!

  Fr. Wes presents "What is a Priest" at the September Pot Luck Dinner 

Baptism on September 6  (more pictures in our  Photo Album)


The Bare Necessities Group meets on the First Wednesday of each month to sew and package supplies to send to those in need. 
Cloth diaper kits recently went to Nicaragua.  This groups also makes Feminine Hygiene kits and Newborn welcome kits.


Feminine Hygiene kits arrive in Uganda

Firewood Ministry at work with the new log splitter. 


The Transfiguration Church Women (ECW) made their annual trip to Strawberry Hill on May 12. 

On May 3, the congregation gathered at the beach at Lake Lure for a Baptism and Eucharist.


For more photos of the celebration, visit our photo album.


The Church Women are off and running on another great project to send feminine hygiene supplies to girls in Thailand.
Eighteen volunteers completed 45 kits that will be sent with Church members to Thailand.



The diapers arrived in Haiti !   To learn more visit haiti

Annual Easter Egg Hunt 2015
for more Easter Photos, check out our Photo Album


Bishop Porter Taylor celebrated with us on Palm Sunday.


 The children surprised Fr. Wes with a one year anniversary gift.   


The TCW and lots of helpers sewed and assembled 75 diaper kits to go to Haiti.


It was a beautiful spring day to work in the Spiritual Garden.  More photos in the photo album.


Tom  Phillips, Church member and director of Emmaus Bible School,  presented "How the Bible as we know it came to be."
This was the second program in our Lenten Series.  The food is amazing!  Hope you can join us for the rest of the series.

                January Pot Luck and Forum.                                                   January Spiritual Gifts Class led by Laura Shields

Thanks you to the members who put the playground together!

Join us for Children's Sunday School at 10.
 On Dec. 14, the children were surprised with Bibles of their own. 

Schedule of Services

Holy Eucharist 8:00 a.m.
Adult Sunday School 9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m.
Children's Sunday School 10 a.m.
Holy Eucharist and Healing 10:00 a.m.
Bible Study 11:00 a.m. following the Healing Service

For special service times, please see the church newsletter.

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