St. Mark's Episcopal
History from Volume 2
1858 In the month of April, 1858 the four Episcopalians residing in
the town of Brunswick, Georgia, met together to organize a Parish. At this
meeting Mr. Robt. Hazlehurst & Col. C.L. Schlatter were
elected wardens, and Moses A. Scranton, James Farmer, G.C.
Norton, J.L. Blain, Robt. Hazlehurst, M.D., and G.D.
Woodbridge, M.D. were elected clergymen. Mr. G.C. Norton was
elected Secretary & Treasurer. At the same meeting the name of St. Mark’s
Previous to the time, and during the year 1857, the Rev. E.T. Brown
Rector of Christ Church, St. Simons Island and of St. David’s at
Cartaret’s Point twelve miles above Brunswick, had held services in
Brunswick upon the evenings of the Sundays on which he officiated at St.
David’s. This he had done at considerable labor and inconvenience to
himself, as he had first to hold services in the morning and afternoons in
In 1858 the Parish of St. Mark’s Brunswick was received into the
Conventions of the Diocese of Georgia, at the meeting of that body which
was held in May.
Shortly after this organization of the Parish, a list was opened for
subscriptions towards the support of the Church in Brunswick, but the
amount subscribed did not justify the vestry in calling a Pastor. During
the same year the ladies of the Parish organized a sewing society to aid
in erecting a Church building. They succeeded in raising several hundred
dollars, which they deposited in Bank in Savannah. By the subsequent
failure of the Bank the money was lost.
A.D. 1859 Rev. Robt. Croes In February 1859, Bishop
Elliot sent the Rev. Robt. Croes, a clergyman from New Jersey,
to take charge of the Parish. The Rev. Mr. Croes had come to the
south for change of climate. A large room, known as McConn’s Hall was
rented, in which services were held. Finding his health too much impaired
to labor any longer, Mr. Croes left the Parish in May of the same
Rev. E.T. Brown The Rev. E.T. Brown, Rector of Christ
Church St. Simons, etc., then suggested to give the Parish one Sunday
morning, and two evening services a month for the balance of the summer. A
Sunday school was organized at this time and continued in successful
operation until the commencement of the Civil War.
A.D. 1860 Rev. J.D. Easter In 1860 the Rt. Rev. Stephen
Elliot, Bishop of Georgia, sent the Rev. John D. Easter to take
charge of St. Mark’s in connection with the Church at St. Mary’s, Camden
County. A small house which had been built for a school house was
purchased and fitted up in a very plain manner for the congregation to
worship in. After the present Church was completed this building was sold
to some colored Baptists, who removed it to another site. It is now [July
1880] known as the Shiloh Church.
A.D. 1861 Rev. Geo. Easter In the Summer of 1861, the
Rev. J.D. Easter removed from Brunswick and left his brother, the
Rev. George Easter, then on Deacon’s orders, in his place.
In October 1861, owing to the progress of the war, all the citizens
left Brunswick and Mr. Easter went to Savannah.
A.D. 1866 In 1866 [the Civil War having closed in the spring of
1865] the Rev. E.T. Brown, Rector of St. David’s Glynn County,
visited Brunswick on the second Sunday in April, and preached twice in the
Methodist Church, the parish church being in a condition which unfitted it
for divine service. Mr. Brown recommended in his report to the
Diocesan Convention in May following that Missionary services be
established in Brunswick in connection with some other places.
Rev. Josh. Knowles In November 1866, the Rev. Joshua Knowles,
being then in Deacon’s orders, was appointed by the Rt. Rev. Stephen
Elliot, missionary to the Parishes of St. Andrew’s Darien and St.
Mark’s Brunswick. The Rev. Mr. Knowles reported to the Diocesan
Convention in May 1867; forty Communicants and ten waiting Confirmation.
Shortly after Mr. Knowles took charge of St. Mark’s the chapel was
repaired and a Sunday school organized.
A.D. 1867 Rev. S.J. Pinkerton The Rev. Mr. Knowles
did not remain long in Brunswick, probably not a year, for in November
1867 the Rev. Saml. J. Pinkerton became Rector. Mr. Pinkerton
continued in charge of the Parish one year and seven months and
resigned on 1 June 1869. To the Conventions of 1869 he reported 54 persons
as Confirmed during the past year and the present number of Communicants
A.D. 1869 Rev. C.H. Coley On the second Sunday in November
1869 the Rev. Charles H. Coley entered upon his duties as Rector of
St. Mark’s and remained in charge two years and eight months; resigning on
7 July 1872. During Mr. Coley’s incumbency steps were taken towards
erecting the present Church building.
A.D. 1872 Rev. Ch. Ritter On 6 December 1872, the Rev.
Charles Ritter accepted a call to the Rectorship and resigned on 23
July 1873. During Mr. Ritter’s incumbency the building of the new
Church was commenced, the corner stone being laid by the Rt. Rev. J.W.
Beckwith, Bishop of Georgia on 26 January 1873. In April of the same
year, the Parish met with a severe loss in the death of T.M.
Nightingale, Esq., senior warden. For nearly a year after the
resignation of the Rev. Chs. Ritter the Parish was vacant.
A.D. 1874 Not long after the meeting of the Diocesan Convention in
May 1874, the new Church was completed. The principal donations to the
building fund were from the following parties:
Ms. Mary Lee Stewart of Philadelphia $2,287.13
The ladies of St. Mark’s Guild, Ms. J.M. Couper, Pres. $2707.14
Mr. M.K. Nightingale’s family $950
Hon. Thomas M. Forman $800
Maj. N. Dart $400
Rev. Tho. Boone About the 10th of June 1874, the
Rev. Thomas Boone became Rector, and remained in charge about two
years. In the fall of this year the Rev. Mr. Boone opened a parish
school. In 1875 the senior warden, Hon. Thomas M. Forman, died.
A.D. 1876 On the 25th of February 1876 the new Church
was consecrated by the Rt. Rev. J.W. Beckwith, Bishop of Georgia.
The church building with it’s furniture, together with the lot on which it
stands, cost $11,200.00.
In the summer of this year, about the month of August, yellow fever
broke out in Brunswick and raged as an epidemic until the winter. The
Rector’s wife was one of the first victims, he being absent at the time on
a visit to Philadelphia. Mr. Boone returned home as soon as he
heard of his wife’s illness and of the sickness prevailing in Brunswick,
but before his arrival, Mrs. Boone had “fallen asleep” and was
buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. Mr. Boone at once went about among
the sick and dying, and continued his labors until he was stricken down by
a severe attack of the disease. When sufficiently recovered to be able to
go elsewhere for the restoration of his health, the Rev. Mr. Boone
resigned the Rectorship of St. Mark’s Church.
The Parish was now again left for some time without a Rector.
A.D. 1877 On the 8th of April 1877, the Rev. Henry E.
Lucas officiated for the first time in St. Mark’s Church as Rector. On
his arrival in Brunswick Mr. Lucas found the Parish school in
operation, having two teachers and about forty scholars. At this time
there was no public school in Brunswick. The opening of the public schools
by the Commissioners in the fall took away so many scholars from the
Parish School that it was found impossible to support it. The school was
therefore closed in the summer of 1878. During the year 1878 a school
house was built in the rear of the Church and the entire lot upon which
the two buildings stand was enclosed by a substantial fence. The school
house was erected as a memorial to the late Mr. Thomas Boone. In
1879 [June] the outside of the church, including the roof, was thoroughly
painted. On the first Sunday in July of this year, the Rector commenced
paying for nightly visits to Hamilton on St. Simons Island, leaving
Brunswick on Sunday after morning service in St. Mark’s, and officiating
at Hamilton in the afternoon. These services have been continued to the
present time. In July 1880, when this sketch was written, steps are being
taken towards the erection of a Rectory. The lumber has been contributed
and a lot near the Church secured. The Sunday school house is being ceiled
[?] inside, throughout, and blinds put on; pews also having been ordered
for the accommodations of the scholars.
Present wardens, J.T. Blain and Robt. Hazlehurst,
vestrymen: J.K. Nightingale, J.M. Couper, Henry C. Day,
A.D. 1880, July 31st The above was written by
Henry E. Lucas, the present Rector.
A.D. 1888, April 23rd The Rectory, the building of
which was contemplated when the above sketch was written, was finished in
August 1881. The Rector moving into it on the 17th day of that
month. The cost of the ground, 180 feet square, of the Rectory,
outbuildings, and fences, amounted to about $4600.00, a portion of the
materials used having been donated. The property is now assessed by the
City at $5600.00. At that time -viz. August 1881- there was a debt upon
the property of $2900.00. Every dollar of which has since been paid. At
the present moment, the Parish may be said to be clear of debt. Salaries,
and insurance on all the property of the Parish are all paid up to date
and there is no lien on any of the property held by the Parish. There is
an outstanding note, a personal one, given by some of the members of the
Vestry for $300.00 spent in putting a new furnace under the Church a year
ago. A larger sum than this however is on deposit at the First National
Bank so that the note could be taken up at once. It has been deemed best
to let the note run on another year and to apply the cash in hand [part of
the Easter offering] to the painting of the Church and Rectory for the
preservation of the property. It may be worthy of mention that since the
first sketch was written, a set of solid silver vessels [five pieces] for
the Holy Communion has been presented to the Parish by Miss Cornelia
King of Long Island, New York, also a fire proof Marvin Safe given by
the Sunday school in which are kept the Parish Records, and the Communion
Plate. In 1886 a donation of $1000.00 was received from Mr. & Mrs. Jno
E. du Bignon towards the payment of the debt then resting on the
Rectory. Last August , members of the congregation and the Chapter
of Industry presented the Rector with a horse and buggy costing $350.00
A.D. 1889, January In January 1889 the Rector handed over to
Bishop Beckwith a deed signed by all the members of the Vestry and the
wardens, transferring it’s Rectory to himself, Bishop Beckwith as
Bishop of Georgia, and to his successors in office, to be held in trust
for the congregation of St. Mark’s. The same was done with the Church and
lot on which it stands in 1887 or 1888.
Henry E. Lucas
History from Volume 3
August 1897 Historical Notes, continued from P. 10 Vol. II--
On 24 February 1884 the Rector of St. Mark’s commenced holding an
evening service in the Sunday School Room for colored people. The Rev.
A.G.P. Dodge, who soon became interested in the work, offered to
furnish a regular missionary to carry on the work. Until the Rev. W.A.W.
Maybin took charge in September 1888. Services were held with more or
less regularity by the Rev. A.G.P. Dodge and the Rev. Henry E.
Lucas. The outgrowth of this beginning is the present St. Athanasius,
of which the Rev. J.J. Perry is in charge at this date.
In 1885 the Rev. A.G.P. Dodge offered to build a chapel in New
Town and to furnish a missionary. This offer was accepted by the Rector of
St. Mark’s with the understanding that the mission would be carried on in
connection with that parish and as part of it’s work. The Rev. D.
Watson Winn, who was put in charge in June 1889, objected however to
acting as an assistant, stating that he preferred carrying on the work
independently of the Parish Church. Since therefore St. Mark’s had given
nothing towards the erection of the building, known as St. Jude’s and
consecrated 12 January 1890, and gave nothing towards the payment of the
salary of the missionary; the Rector of St. Mark’s felt a delicacy in
declining to agree to such an arrangement. Therefore St. Jude’s became,
practically, though not legally, an independent work. Subsequently the
Rector of St. Mark’s turned the mission over, formally, to the Bishop of
the Diocese. On 25 June 1892, at a meeting of the vestry of St. Mark’s, it
was resolved to enlarge and repair the church and to add a bell tower and
steeple. On 17 April 1893 Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Boyle of the
Building Committee reported the work on the church completed. Fifteen feet
had been added to the length of the Nave, the chancel had been enlarged
and the church carpeted throughout. The total cost including bell towers
and filing up the lower portion of the lot amounted to $2,736.01.
On 29 September 1896, a severe tornado struck Brunswick. The bell tower
was thrown down and the church itself was damaged. The injury done to the
building was promptly repaired, but the tower had not been rebuilt at this
date 10 August 1897.
The rectorship became vacant by the death of the Rev. Henry E. Lucas
3 February 1900.
The Rev. William L. Peavy became the Rector of the parish in May
1900 and resigned at the end of the year  after a period of ill
In January 1902, the Rev. Wyllys Rede, D.D. of St. James’
Church, Newport, Delaware, was elected to the rectorship and began his ???
On the first of March. There was at this time an indebtedness of $1200,
partly from the improvements and repairs noted above and partly from
current expenses remaining unpaid. One third of this was paid from the
Easter offering in 1902 and the remainder in 1903. In the summer of 1902
the Parish House was enlarged and improved and the church property
surrounded by a fence and a hedge of privet and otherwise improved. At
Easter 1903, a complete set of Prayer Books and Hymnals and an Alter Book,
all of the finest quality, were given by members of the congregation for
use in the church. In December, 1903, all the women of the parish were
organized into a branch of the Woman’s Auxiliary, with chapters of Aid,
Mercy, Church Extension, Sanctuary, and Welcome for the special lines of
work indicated by these names. In 1904 the dormant chapter of the
Brotherhood of St. Andrew was revived. At Easter the new pipe organ, built
by John Brown of Wilmington, Delaware, was secured and partly paid
for. The first payment for it being made at Easter 1905. The ??? choir for
men and boys was installed at Christmas 1904, with Rev. George Blakely
as choirmaster, Rev. R. Ernest Dart as organist, and Rev. A.V.
Wood as leader, all expenses necessary being promptly met by the
congregation. The processional was given by Mrs. C. Downing at
Eastertide, 1905, and the vesper lights by Mrs. P.M. Nightingale at
the same time. In November, 1905, a parochial mission was conducted by the
Rev. Father Sill and Hu???, of the Order of the Holy Cross, which
profoundly influenced the spiritual life of the parish and proved helpful
to wary souls. At Easter, 1906, the Bible for the lecturer was given as a
memorial of Mrs. Ophelia Dent, longtime communicant of the parish,
and the piano was bought for the Parish House and paid for from the Easter
Dr. Rede resigned the rectorship 5 June 1906, the resignation to
take effect 15 September 1906.
History of St. Mark’s Parish from December 1906
The Reverend R.E. Boykin became Rector of this Parish on 18
December 1906, being the third Sunday in Advent. At this time, St. Mark’s
Church was in a very dilapidated condition, having been wrecked by the
storm of 1898 and was supported on large timber props and leaking badly.
It was soon seen that the Church must either be repaired or rebuilt and in
1908 there were certain repairs made, the Chancel was enlarged, windows
repaired, electric lights put in and other minor improvements made. In
1909 it was determined to begin collecting funds to build a new Church.
About three hundred and fifty dollars was collected at that time which was
turned over by Mr. A.C. Banks, the Treasurer of the Parish, and was
afterwards turned over to Mr. F.D. Aiken of the Building Fund. The
first large amount was received by the Rector on 13 March 1910, on a visit
to Jekyl Island, when he collected something like thirteen or fourteen
hundred dollars. On that occasion Mr. F.G. Bourne, of New York,
gave one thousand dollars. This so stimulated the Parish that they went to
work with great zeal collecting funds and in 1911, on Ash Wednesday, the
last service was said in the old church. Mr. Bourne [two years
later] also gave another check for five hundred dollars. This was because
of personal friendship for the Rector for he had no ties whatever with St.
Mark’s. In round figures, Mr. Boykin secured about thirty-five
hundred dollars from Jekyl Island; and during his vacation while at
Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, in 1915 and 1916 he secured about five
hundred dollars. These amounts were all in checks and were turned over to
the Treasurer, Mr. F.D. Aiken; with these exceptions, so far as the
writer knows, all of the moneys were raised in the parish by the
The corner stone of the Church was laid on Sunday, 5 November 1911, and
the following clergy taking part: Rt. Rev. F.F. Reese, Bishop of
Georgia; Rev. R.E. Boykin, Rector of St. Mark’s; Rev. D. Watson
Winn, Rector of Christ Church, Frederica; Rev. S.J. French,
Vicar of St. Jude’s, Brunswick; and the Very Reverend Arsenius Davis,
Priest of the Holy Orthodox Church at Savannah and Archimandrite of
Southern Georgia and Northern Florida.
The Building Committee appointed by the Rector was composed of Mr.
F.D. Aiken, Mr. J.E. du Bignon, and Mr. A.V. Wood. Mr. Aiken
was made Chairman and also Treasurer of this Committee. Mr. DuBignon
served a short while and then resigned. A very large amount of labor and
detail work fell upon Mr. Aiken in all of which he was most
faithful and cheerful in rendering. Of course, everyone did their part,
but because of his position naturally most of the work fell upon him, with
the exception of the Rector. There were a great many unnecessary delays in
the work, and many heart burnings, but finally the Church was completed
and opened for the first service on 12 December 1915 being the Rector’s 9th
Anniversary. [See clippings pasted in Parish Register].
Mrs. C. Downing presented the Church with the lighting system
and all fixtures. The Rector gave a pair of seven branch candelabra which
were used at the opening service and as the funeral of one of our most
faithful and loyal Churchmen and Vestrymen, Mr. E.F. Coney, took
place that afternoon the Rector gave the above mentioned candelabras as a
memorial to Mr. Coney. At Easter, 1916, Mrs. P.W. Fleming
gave a cross in memory of her two children [departed] for the Lady chapel
altar; and Mrs. Edgar Wilson gave a pair of eucharistic candles for
the chapel altar as a thank offering. Mrs. Downing also gave the
stone steps around the Church. Mr. F.D.M. Strachan gave to the Lady
chapel sixty very handsome rush bottom chairs and kneelers, and Mr. S.K.
Brown gave the ceiling in the chapel. These gifts were all secured at
the personal solicitation of the rector. And while mentioning such things
too high praise cannot be given the Altar Guild in its faithful work in
beautifying the altar in hangings and such; but time will not allow me to
mention each individual gift as they were in the form of subscriptions for
the main purpose, that is the building of the Church and the Treasurer,
Mr. F.D. Aiken, has the book with all such gifts and subscriptions.
Nothing, however, could have been done without the faithfulness and
liberality of Mr. C. Downing.
During the building of the Church from the spring of 1911 until
December, 1915, we worshiped in the Parish building. No one who did not
take part in the building of the Church can have any idea of the labor on
the part of the Rector, Wardens, Vestrymen, and Congregation.
The Reverend R.E. Boykin resigned the Rectorship of St. Mark’s
Church 17 December 1917, to take effect 1 February 1918, having accepted a
call to the Church at Canton, Mississippi.
In an answer to many prayers the cold stormy weather of the week gave
place to bright sunshine, when on Sunday 5 November 1917 the cornerstone
of the new St. Mark’s Church, Brunswick, Rev. R. Elliot Boykin,
Rector, was laid. The Bishop officiated assisted by the Rector, Archdeacon
Winn, the Vicar of St. Jude’s and the Rev. Arsenius Davis,
pastor of the Holy Orthodox Church in Savannah, with whom most friendly
personal and official relations obtain. The procession headed by the First
Regiment Band led by crucifer and acolytes formed at ten o’clock on Egmont
Street in front of the Rectory. Following the band were the choir
[vested], the Church wardens and vestry, the procession of clergy headed
by a crucifer and acolytes, the Sunday School children and congregation.
Passing around to Gloucester and Norwich Streets the clergy and vestry
went to the platform of the tower floor. The processional Hymn led by the
band was “O Sign Haste.” After the actual laying of the stone, which
contained the Bible and Prayer Book, General and Diocesan Canons, lists of
the Parish officials, coins of the current year and old coins from the
cornerstone of the demolished foundation of the old church, the Hymn “The
Church’s One Foundations” was sung. Addresses were made by the Bishop, the
Rector, and [in Greek] by Father Davis. Then singing “Glorious
Things of Thee Are Spoken” the procession returned to the temporary Church
[the Sunday School building] where the Holy Communion was celebrated by
the Bishop, Father Davis reading the Epistle and Gospel in Greek
after they had been read in English by the rector.
The new Church foundation of which is already laid in massive concrete
blocks, will be of gray brick with stone trimmings, with a dignified bell
tower and a very spacious chancel vestries and chapel, the latter opening
by an arcade into the north side of the choir and Sanctuary, with
ambulatory across the east end of the chancel communicating with the
vestries on the south side. The interior will be of gray pressed brick
laid up in colored mortar. Altogether it will be one of the most complete
and dignified Churches in the South. The buildings are practically
isolated, having a street frontage on three sides and a public square well
shaded with live oaks in the rear. Entrance will be had through the tower
on the north side and a porch on the south.
CORNERSTONE LAID AT BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA
Brunswick has in proportion to the population a larger number of
communicants of the Church than any other city in Georgia. On the first
Sunday in November the Bishop laid the cornerstone of the practically new
St. Mark’s Church in this city, the Rev. Richard Elliot Boykin,
rector. In the “new” building, the framework and roof of the nave are
retained from the old church; the tower, chancel, morning chapel and
vestries being entirely new. The church has a peculiarly advantageous
situation, having a street frontage on three sides; and when finished will
be a great ornament to the city. On this occasion there was a large
attendance both of Church people and representatives of other religious
bodies. The clergy and choir vested in the rectory opposite the church;
and the procession was formed as follows: crucifer and acolytes; First
Regiment Military Band in uniform; choir vested; wardens and vestrymen,
crucifer and acolytes; clergy and Bishop; Sunday School children and
congregation. Proceeding to the foundation of the tower, the congregation
assembled around while the clergy and vestry, preceded by the crucifer,
ascended to the platform of the tower. The service was the usual one on
such occasions, the Bishop officiating. The cornerstone contained the
usual books and souvenirs, including a number of coins retrieved from the
old cornerstone. The clergy in attendance, other than the Bishop and
rector, were the Ven. David Watson Winn, Archdeacon of Brunswick,
the Rev. Samuel J. French, Vicar of St. Jude’s, and the Rev.
Arsenius Davis, priest of the Hoy Orthodox Church of Savannah and
Archimandrite of Southern Georgia and Northern Florida. Addresses were
made by the Bishop, the rector and by Father Davis, the last in his
own language to the Greeks present. The band leading the hymn “Glorious
things of Thee are spoken,” was sung as the assembled throng returned to
the Sunday School building which is used as a temporary church during the
building of the new structure.
It is appropriate to dwell for a moment on the presence of the Greek
Archimandrite. There are many Greeks in this city, who having no church of
their own communion, have for many years and especially during the
rectorate of Mr. Boykin, sought and received the ministrations of
the American Church. They have been placed by their own clergy under the
pastoral care of the rector, and are frequently seen in large numbers at
the services of the Church. This has led to very close relations between
the clergy and Bishop of our own Church with the Greek clergy, and it is
no uncommon thing to see them at the greatest functions of either
communion. It may be remembered that on the occasion of the last
celebration of the anniversary of [torn out] independence, Bishop Reese
“pontificated” at the service in the Greek Church in Savannah, and that at
the last annual convention of the diocese of Georgia, Father Davis
was present in the chancel at the opening service, and received the
Blessed Sacrament at the hands of the Bishop. On this occasion Father
Davis was present in his own vestments [as the accompanying photograph
shows], and addressed his own people, urging them to more regular
attendance at the services of the American Church. At the Holy Eucharist
following he occupied a stall on the right hand of the rector, and after
the Gospel advanced to the altar and read the Epistle and Gospel in Greek.
Thus Georgia seems to be “setting the pace” for intercommunion with the
Orthodox Church, not by talking and discussing, but by “doing things” in a
quiet matter of course way.
The new church will built entirely of concrete, the large foundation
blocks being already in place. The superstructure will be of concrete gray
bricks with “stone” trimmings. It will be one of the most dignified and
complete structures in the diocese.
The Brunswick News 11 December 1915
Holy Eucharist at 7:30.
Holy Eucharist at 11 o’clock.
Sunday school at 9:45.
Baptism administered at 3 p.m.
Opening prayer at 4 o’clock.
This being the third Sunday in Advent which is the ninth anniversary of
the present rector, and the beautiful new church being now completed [it]
was thought meet and proper that [the] first service be held on this day.
When the present rector, Rev. R.E. Boykin, came to this parish
in December, 1906, it was soon seen that the church must either be
repaired or rebuilt, and in 1908 there were certain repairs made, the
choir enlarged, windows repaired and electric lights put in, and some
other minor improvements. And then it was determined in 1909 to begin
collecting funds for the building of a new church. The first large amount
was received by the rector on 13 March 1910. This so stimulated the people
that more funds were secured by the hard work of the parishioners and work
on the new church was started in the spring of 1911.
The new St. Mark’s is pronounced by those who are specialist along
ecclesiastical lines to be one of the most correct and best appointed
churches in the south. It is early English gothic and the writer thinks it
is one of the best he has ever seen for [a] city of this size. While at
present only temporary furniture will be used, such as altar, choir,
stalls, lecture pulpit, and the pews from the old church, it is hoped in
due time these will all be replace by handsome memorials. And the new
windows while plain are dignified in their simplicity. It was thought best
to wait until real handsome ones could be given as memorials rather than
place ordinary windows in at present.
There was only one memorial window in the church which was placed there
by the congregation as a memorial to the late Phineas Nightengale.
This was over the chancel. It has since been rebuilt and placed,
ecclesiastically speaking in the west end.
Sunday will most surely be a day of rejoicing to St. Mark’s
congregation and we believe all of our friends in the city will rejoice
with us in at last entering God’s house of worship and so we cordially
invite the public to be with us on this most joyful occasion.
The order of procession at the 11 o’clock service will be as follows:
Crucifer attended by altar boys, vested choir of 25; crucifer, acolytes,
visiting clergy, and the rector of the parish, followed by the children of
the parish. The children will assemble at the foot of the choir steps
singing some children’s hymns, after which the procession will reform for
the children to pass out; then the introit and the regular Eucharist
service will begin.
26 December 1915 The
Reopening of Georgia Churches
St. Mark’s Church, Brunswick, Georgia, and St. John’s, Savannah, have
both undergone extensive changes during the last six months. Both of these
were built in what for want of a better term we may call the “early
Victorian style,” I.e., pointed windows and a very shallow chancel; so
shallow that when vested or chancel choirs came in it was necessary to
extend the chancel floor out into the nave several yards in order to place
the choir in front of the congregation.
St. Mark’s, Brunswick, has been practically rebuilt, however, from the
foundation up. No one entering the church for the first time since the
work was begun could recognize any part of the old building except the
roof, and even that has been changed in color if not in structure. The
frame of the old wooden nave has been retained, but veneered outside and
in with gray brick, with “cut stone” trimmings around all openings. The
northwest tower has been rebuilt from the ground of the same material, and
is very massive--in fact is the impressive feature of the church. The
chancel is also entirely a new construction. It is of ample proportions,
with abundant room for the vested choir and, within the rail, for the
“sanctuary choir.” The altar is well raised and of dignified proportions,
being nine feet long with triple gradine and tabernacle. Extending
entirely around the chancel is an ambulatory sufficiently wide for two to
walk abreast, opening off from which are, on the north side, a morning
chapel and on the south side the vestries for priest and choir, with the
organ chamber and guild-room over.
The alterations of the church were begun some five years ago and would
have been finished long ere this but for the financial depression which
has fallen upon this part of the country since the European war began.
The church was reopened on the Third Sunday in Advent,
which was the ninth anniversary of the present rectorship and also the
rector’s birthday. The church was filled with the parishioners of St.
Mark’s and representatives of the two other churches in the city. The
first act after the processional was the “reception” of an infant who had
some months before been privately baptized in extremis. The
children of the Sunday school sang the first hymn or introit and the
choral Eucharist followed, the rector, the Rev. R.E. Boykin, being
celebrant, the vicar of St. Jude’s assisting.
The joy of the occasion was clouded by the sudden death on Saturday of
one of the [rest of the article is missing]
At the opening of St. Mark’s Church, Brunswick, Georgia, as reported in
another column, a pair of candelabra were presented by the rector, who had
designed them as a Christmas gift to the altar, but made them a memorial
of a much loved vestryman, Mr. E.F. Coney, who had only the day
previous been called away to enter into rest, and who was buried from the
church the very day of its opening. The candelabra were placed on the
altar and dedicated at the introit, and immediately lighted by the