St. John’s East Poultney to Host Summer Evening Prayer Services
By Wendy Grace
St. John’s Episcopal Church in East Poultney, Vermont, will be hosting a summer monthly series of Evening Prayer services in June, July and August. Services begin at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 10; Saturday, July 8; and Saturday, August 12. Each service has a theme. The June service is dedicated to the Welsh community that settled in the area to work the slate quarries. Prayers in the bulletin will include a Welsh translation and the music selection will be traditional Welsh hymns. This service will be officiated by the Rev. Liam Muller of Trinity Episcopal Church, Rutland.
The July service is dedicated to prayers for peaceful nations in celebration of our US Independence Day. the Rev. (ret.) John Miller will officiate, and music will include patriotic hymns. In August, the service theme will be Heritage Day in conjunction with East Poultney Day. The three historical museums will be open for free, and vendors and activities are planned from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The service at St. John’s Church concludes the festivities for that day.
James Cassarino, music director for Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland, will provide music on the church’s old mechanical pump organ for all three services. These services are organized each year by the Rev. Bill Davidson, who serves the parish of St. Paul’s Church in Wells. All are welcome and invited to these summer services.
St. John’s remains unchanged from its beginning days in 1831. As an example of classic New England Carpenter Gothic architecture, the church has no modern amenities such as electricity or indoor plumbing and retains its gated pews, kerosene lamps, and stenciled walls. The first Episcopal Bishop of Vermont, the Rt. Rev. John Henry Hopkins, presided the consecration of the building.
Image courtesy of Poultney Historical Society.