Saturday, February 24, 2007

Serving at St. Mark's, Woodbine

Beginning today at 11:00 a.m., I will be serving at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Woodbine, Georgia every other Sunday through June 3. On the Sundays between those dates, I will be serving at King of Peace in Kingsland. This will keep me from getting "rusty" in advance of beginning services at The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek.
Those scheduled dates at St. Mark's are:

February 25
March 11
March 25
April 8 (Easter Day)
April 22
May 6
May 20
June 3

St. Mark's is a lovely church on the left of Highway 17 just after you cross the bridge into Woodbine, the county seat of Camden County. From some historic information provided to me, I have distilled a few facts about the church building and its people.

In 1900, the men of the community purchased timber from the local mills at Satilla Bluff and began to construct the church on grounds given in 1898 by a Dr. Bedell. They used ballast rock from sailing ships for reinforcement at strategic locations throughout the building. The outside walls are tabby, which was made from burned oyster shells extracted from the waterways of Camden County.

The stained glass windows were a gift of a church in England, and the processional cross was given in memory of Dr. Charles H. Lee, a nephew of General Robert E. Lee. Most of the current parishioners are from families who have kept the church going for many years. Some of them might remember the time in 1953 when the Georgia Highway Department wished to construct a new bridge across the Satilla River forHighway 17. Since the church was too close to the construction site, the Highway Department moved the church several feet to the east from its original location.

The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek will make history as the seventy-second church in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. Until that begins, I will be pleased twice a month to serve this other historic church -- St. Mark's Woodbine.

Pastor Linda
The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

1 comment:

Jim said...

It was good to see you yesterday. I am proud of what you are doing. I wish you blessings