St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Diocesan Mission Statement:

To be the passionate presence of Christ for one another and the world we are called to serve.

History:

In 1862, Clark Mills was a collection of dwellings with a post office, a schoolhouse and the A.B. Clark & Co. mill busily producing cloth which helped, in part, to supply the military in the Civil War.  Westmoreland's Episcopal Church had a priest, the Rev. Russell Todd, who came to Clark Mills to lead worship in the schoolhouse every two weeks.  Before long, the Clark Company gave land and $100, while villagers agreed to raise another $400 and the clergy undertook to raise another $1500 toward the goal of building St. Mark's Church.  St. Mark's cornerstone was laid on June 6, 1863 by Bishop Delancy, Diocese of Central New York, and the parish was legally organized on Novemeber 17, 1863.  Five years later the Diocese of Central New York was formed, with St. Mark's as one of the founding constituents.  It was founded as a place for the local population to worship God, and to foster the work of the Christian Church in this area.

Time of Worship:

Our worship is at 5:00 PM on the first Saturday of each month.  There is no Sunday Service on that weekend.  Sunday worship is at 8:30 AM in the church.  Our worship is enriched by our organist and choir.  Laying on of hands for healing is held at the Saturday night service.  In the winter months we move into the parish hall for our worship in order to make the church more energy efficient.  We return to the church on Palm Sunday.   Refreshments and fellowship are available after each service. When there are five Sundays in a month, except in a winter, join with St. George's, Chadwicks and All Saints, Utica on a rotating basis for a combined service.  The time of worhship on those Sundays is at 10:00 AM.

Manner of Worship:

We use Rite 2 from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer in our regular worship except during the seasons of Lent and Advent.  Rite1 is used during those seasons.  Holy Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday except when it is necessary to use Morning Prayer during vacation times. We welcome any visitors to our altar for Communion as long as they are baptized members of any Christian church.