Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church is one of the oldest churches in Ohio. Today it serves Put-in-Bay as a house of worship, a historical site, and a prominent member of the island community.
The church was founded in 1864, and the physical building was completed a year later in 1865. This is actually earlier than Put-in-Bay’s incorporation.
Saint Paul’s holds services year-round. In the offseason and winter months, services are at 10:30 AM on Sunday mornings. During the season, however, when Put-in-Bay hosts hundreds of thousands of summer visitors, Saint Paul’s adds an additional service at 7:45 AM on Sundays, so that more people are able to attend. Saint Paul’s performs offers marriage ceremonies and vow renewals. They also perform the sacraments of communion and confirmation, as well as baptisms.
History of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church
If you are interested in learning more about the rich history of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, you can take a tour during the week. There are self-guided tours from 9 AM to 4 PM on weekdays. If you’d like a guided tour, call ahead to have this arranged, they are also available during the same hours as the self-guided tours.
We’d like to tell you about some of that rich history here. Jay Cooke, a financier whose bank helped fund the Union’s Civil War efforts, purchased the land upon which Saint Paul’s stands. It was purchased for the purpose of constructing an Episcopal church in the Lake Erie Islands. One of the attendees of the first service at Saint Paul’s was Salmon P. Chase. Chase was the Chief Justice of the United States at the time. He also served as Secretary of the Treasury, United States Senator, and Governor of Ohio. This is just the tip of the iceberg, Saint Paul’s is a very historic place!
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church is very hopeful to have the opportunity to have you join them as a guest at one of their services. You don’t have to worry about missing church during your weekend getaway. Members of all faiths are welcome at Saint Paul’s. If you have any questions, please reach out, they would be ecstatic to answer them.
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