Church History

Congregation Organized July 22, 1855

Building Consecrated October 14, 1894Historic Church Photo 

History of St. Mark's

 

St. Mark's Episcopal Church became an organized parish in July 1855, fourteen years before Fort Dodge was incorporated. Two Church structures, both of which were later destroyed by fire, were erected in various locations before the existing stone building at First Avenue South and Tenth Street was erected and dedicated in October, 1894.


The roots of the Episcopal Church wend their way back through the early history of our country through the Church of England to the historic Church of Western Christendom. When the Protestant Reformation broke out in Europe the effect of those reforms on the Church in England was profound but ultimately far less divisive. It was the desire of various reigning monarchs to have all the country of England worship in the same way. Thus the forces for compromise were very strong. The liturgy and doctrine of the Church in England which emerged from these tumultuous times reflect the desire to be both protestant and catholic. Thus while we adhere to the ancient structures of Bishops, priests, and deacons, with a strong emphasis on the sacraments, Episcopalians also profess the need for a strong ministry of the Word and a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.


Therefore, if you have worshipped with the Roman Catholic or Lutheran Churches the structures of our worship services will be very familiar to you. If you have worshipped within the Pentecostal, Evangelical, or other protestant denominations, the form of our worship may be unfamiliar, but the content of what you hear and see will be very familiar. Our regular worship schedule consists of a Holy Communion service at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. We would be honored to you have come to worship with us.

 

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