POINT PLEASANT — Christ Episcopal Church on Main Street is celebrating a century and a half of fellowship and existence on July 29 with a special service.
The Bishop of the West Virginia Diocese will be present for the afternoon event, and is scheduled to speak at the service which starts at 4 p.m.
The service will include a baptismal vowel ceremony for congregants which is a sacrament of the Episcopal tradition that asks the participant to remember their vows at baptism, when they became a christian. According to Reverend Marie Mulford, this coincides well with a celebration remembering the beginnings of Christ Episcopal Church in Point Pleasant.
Past members and priests have also been invited to the celebration, adding a homecoming aspect as well. Following the service, a reception will be held for all in attendance.
Episcopalians first began meeting in Mason County in 1856, and formally organized in 1857 in the Virginia Diocese (West Virginia did not become a state until 1863). The first building was constructed in 1869, and completed four years later at a cost of $6,000.
The church continues to function today with an emphasis on community and charity. Some of these activities include the popular pet blessing, caring for the elderly in nursing homes, raising money for the “Kids for Christmas” program and food baskets for the needy, and even helping in the Silver Bridge collapse in 1967 by providing food and shelter to emergency workers and victims.
Rev. Mulford, who is over the Riverbend Episcopal Ministries said “We’re a very welcoming church. Our theology is of God’s grace and forgiveness for all.” Mulford encourages many guests to their services, which are Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m., and a contemporary service the second Saturday of every month at 5 p.m.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.