209 E. Madison Street
Second Sundays at St. Mary's
September 14th, 4:00 p.m.
Celebrating St. Mary's
Fourth Anniversary & Homecoming
On Sunday, September 14, 2014, 4:00 p.m., St. Mary’s Church,
Bolton, will celebrate the Fourth Anniversary of its reopening. The
Very Reverend Billie Abraham, rector of St. Alban's, Bovina, will
celebrate the Holy Eucharist and the famed Jubilee Singers,
an all-male choir from Hinds Community College, Utica, will perform
the sermon. The choir is under the direction of Dr. Bobby Cooper.
St. Mary’s Church was built in 1872 with the first service taking
place on April 10th of that year. William Mercer Green, the first bishop
of Mississippi, officiated and afterwards wrote glowing remarks of the
service in his journal: “Preached at Bolton in their new and
beautiful church, which, though in an unfinished state, may claim, both
in design and workmanship, to be an ornament to the Diocese, and a
monument in praise of the taste and labor of the builders.”
For over a century, St. Mary’s Church remained active in the diocese
and played an important role in the community of Bolton. It was a sad
day for the town when the church was compelled to close its doors due to
a dwindling congregation. The church sat dormant for decades.
In 2010, Reverend Abraham received permission from Bishop Duncan Gray
to reopen St. Mary’s and to hold services on a monthly basis. Friends of
St. Mary’s and communicants of St. Albans joined in the work days
needed to repair and clean the church before announcing the reopening.
The historic event took place on Sunday, September 12, 2010 and the
crowd that assembled was standing room only. There was excitement
in the air and it was apparent that the service represented the
beginning of something new and something big to come.
The monthly services became known as Second Sundays at St. Mary’s.
Each service was designed to center around the Eucharist or Evening
Prayer in addition to a small concert. James Anderson, Fine Arts
Director, is credited with the wonderful array of concerts and
performances that have been a part of the Second Sundays series.
The Homecoming Service in September will be a special and
historic event. Join us in giving thanks that St. Mary’s has continued
to open its doors and provide a Holy Space for all who come.
A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
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P.O. Box 566 Bolton, MS 39041