125 years of Episcopal Worship & Ministry

125 years of Episcopal Worship & Ministry

in South Siskiyou County

by the Rev. Larry Holben, priest in charge at St. Barnabas' in Mt. Shasta

On the weekend of June 9th and 10th, St. Barnabas Church, Mt. Shasta, will be celebrating 125 years of Episcopal worship and ministry in south Siskiyou County. On Saturday evening – following a Solemn Evensong at which the mission's former vicar, the Rev. Julie Honig-Smith, will be the preacher – there will be a celebratory banquet. The next day's festal Eucharist will feature the Saints' Alive! choir from All Saints', Redding, and the guest preacher will be the Rev. Canon Valerie Rampton, vicar of St. Barnabas' sister congregation, All Saints' Church, Beckingham, Lincolnshire, England. During this service, ground will be broken for a Sunday School room addition, the congregation's 125th anniversary project.

St. Barnabas began its congregational life in Dunsmuir, six miles south of Mt. Shasta, moving to its present location in 1987. "It is at this point impossible to determine precisely when Episcopal services were first held in Dunsmuir," writes Priest-in-Charge Larry Holben in a brief congregational history prepared in conjunction with the 125th anniversary celebrations. "But it is documented that the Rev. Dr. T. H. Gilbert – from 1886 to 1890 rector of St. Mark's, Yreka –made regular visits to Sisson (later Mt. Shasta), Mott and Dunsmuir to conduct services during his tenure in the county, so 1887 seems a reasonable estimate."

There were six Episcopal congregations in Siskiyou County at the turn of the twentieth century. Today only St. Barnabas remains. For further information on the anniversary events, call the church at 530.926.5326.

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