Who Are the Episcopalians?
The work of preparing the way for an Episcopal Church in Jim Thorpe (Mauch Chunk) was begun in 1829, when William H. Sayre, Sr. moved to town from Columbia County. At that time, Lay Worship was held and Mr. Sayre was active in that ministry.
On November 23rd, 1834, The Rev. Dr. James May, DD rector of St. Stephen's Church, Wilkes-Barre celebrated both a morning and evening service. Based upon that experience, more frequent clergy visits were arranged.
The Episcopal Church in the United States of America is one of more than forty member churches of the Anglican Communion world-wide. the Anglican Communion includes more than 80 million members.
The Episcopal Church is comprised of 109 dioceses as well as three regional areas which represent churches in seventeen nations.
Within the broad categorization of Christian Churches (Liturgical, Sacramental, Evangelical, and Pentecostal), Episcopal Church is firmly rooted in the Liturgical/Sacramental strand of that cord.
We utilize a set form of worship, with abundant regional variations, and continue to celebrate Christ's sacramental ministries among his people.
The liturgies of The Episcopal Church range in style from the most formal to the most informal. Our parishes and missions are very diverse in terms of congregants and expression. We are truly a home where all are welcome. All Baptized Christians are welcome to receive Christ's Body and Blood from God's Altar.
On May 17th, 1835, a group of worshippers gathered and organized a parish under the name of St. Mark's church. St. Mark's was received by the Diocese of Pennsylvania of the Protestant Episcopal Church on June 7th, 1836.
On December 30th, 1980, St. John's Church in East Jim Thorpe was closed and the two parishes were consolidated as St. Mark's and St. John's Episcopal Church. That congregation continues to meet for worship at historic St. Mark's Church.