“In the Beginning . . .” Celebrates St. Paul’s 325th Anniversary

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It all began in New Yarmouth, now an all-but-forgotten town on Eastern Neck.   The St. Paul’s Parish, Kent, detective team has investigated its roots from the 1600s and, to celebrate its 325th Anniversary, invites the public to join in exploring the results.

How and why was St. Paul’s established?  Who were its founders?  What was a church service like in the late 1600s?  What we do know is that St. Paul’s Parish, Kent was one of the original 30 Anglican parishes established in 1692 in the Province of Maryland. The existing church, dating from 1713, is the oldest church building in continuous service in Maryland.

The “beginnings” are the focus of an introduction about the early parish history at 10:30 AM on Sunday, June 24, 2018, followed by “The Order of the Administration of the Lord’s Supper,” at 11:00 AM using the Book of Common Prayer from the time period.  The Rev. Frank St. Amour is conducting the service as a history lesson in itself.  There will be a modern-day picnic for all after the service.

The morning program complements St. Paul’s fifth Summer Solstice Celebration in the evening, which begins with a presentation in the Church at 7:00 of the historic background of St. Paul’s. Guidebooks will be available at the 1766 Vestry House where interpretive material related to St. Paul’s early history will be displayed. Visitors are invited to explore the churchyard, labyrinth and cemetery. This year, there is a particular emphasis on the first Vestry members (elected in 1692) and the Parish’s early leaders whose names resonate in the historic annals of Kent County.  Memorial stones of these determined pioneers and their descendants can be discovered on these grounds. Refreshments will be served on the lawn.

St. Paul’s is located at 7579 Sandy Bottom Rd., Chestertown MD 21620 at the intersection of Sandy Bottom Rd. and Ricaud’s Branch Rd..

For further information contact: office@stpaulkent.org, 410-778-1540.

“Art in Stone” A Summer Solistice Cemetery Tour at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

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Old St. Paul’s cemetery

Old St. Paul’s is celebrating its fourth Solstice program at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017.  This year’s theme, “Art in Stone,” highlights a selection of the amazing collection of memorial stones throughout the venerable church’s cemetery.

The self-guided tour starts at the 1766 Vestry House, located a few steps from the church, and focuses on the considerable changes in materials, styles, designs, and messages that have taken place over the more than 300 years of history that have passed since the church was established.  At the Vestry House, visitors will receive a pamphlet with information on the various memorial stones in the cemetery.  This is a self-guided, go-at-your -own pace tour.  The hospitality committee will be on hand to serve refreshments and hand out the guides.

The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer.  This year the solstice falls on Wed, June 21.  On Sunday, June 18, the day of the tour, sunrise is at 5:34 am with sunset at 8:34 pm.  That makes for an almost 15 hour-long day – 14 hours, 53 minutes and seven seconds – to be precise.Traditionally, people have gathered at Sonehenge in England to mark the summer solstice.  But here in Kent County, you can tour the stones of Old St. Paul’s instead.  This is an excellent opportunity for all genealogists and family historians.

All are welcome.  There is no charge.  Refreshments will be served. Please wear walking shoes as some of the ground is uneven.

St. Paul’s Parish, Kent is located at 7579 Sandy Bottom Road, Chestertown, MD  21620

For more information please call the Church Office at 410-778-1540 or check Old St. Paul’s website

Old St. Paul Cemetery

New Ministry For Celebration at St. Paul’s Parish

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Reverend Frank St. Amour III

The newly installed Bishop for the Diocese of a Easton, Bishop Santosh Marray, will visit St. Paul’s, Kent on Saturday, November 5, 2016, for a 3 p.m. celebration of the Ministry of their new rector, The Reverend Frank St. Amour III. The Reverend Sam Hartman, retired minister from St. Mary Anne’s in Northeast, MD and former Interim Rector at St. Paul’s, Kent will be the preacher for the service.

St. Paul’s invites the Kent County community to share the event to meet Frank St. Amour and Bishop Marray. Other local parishes, clergy, friends, and family will be in attendance. A reception in the Rectory will follow.

St. Paul’s, Kent is one of the original Maryland parishes established in 1692 and its building has been in continuous use since 1714.

Save the Date: Summer Solstice Celebration at St. Paul’s

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Come tour the cemetery at St. Paul’s, Kent, one of the oldest churches in the U.S. Learn about notable historical and cultural figures buried here. Find peace in walking our labyrinth. Refreshments will be provided.

The tour will be held June 21 from 6:45 pm-8:30 pm at St. Paul’s, Kent. The address is 7579 Sandy Bottom Rd., Chestertown.

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