Vaiden, Mississippi

 

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Episcopal Church

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St. Clements’ 150th Anniversary – 03/29/2009

 

Church Photo 1 – 03/29/2009

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Collins Family and Bishop Duncan M. Gray, III – 03/29/2009

Bishop Gray and Clarence Pierce – 03/29/2009

 

150th Anniversary Church Bulletin

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150th Anniversary Guestbook

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Photos – August 2006

Courtesy of Mark Shands

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Church Service – 10/29/2006

Photos Courtesy of  Janet Adkerson

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Church Bulletin (.pdf format)

Bulletin Courtesy of Dennis Welch

 

Outside

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View From Highway 51

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October, 2000 -- # 3

(Courtesy: Susie James)

October, 2000 -- # 4

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Portrait of St. Clement's

 

Inside

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St. Clement's Episcopal Mission was organized in 1859. Plans were made to build in 1860, but with the war, depression and Yellow Fever, it was not until 1876 that the church was built. On November 8, 1876, Bishop William M. Green made his first trip to the new church and six persons were confirmed.

The membership of St. Clement's has never been over 50 and at the present time only 12 members are on the church roll. Not only is it the smallest church in Vaiden, it is the smallest active Episcopal Mission in Mississippi.

The Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians have always been helpful, especially as choir volunteers.  “If all the tales are told, retell them, brother, and if few attend, let those who listen feel.”

The building is brick of gothic architecture, the wall panelled with curly pine. Memorial windows in the front east windows depict the Madonna and Child episodes in the life of Christ. In 1911, the church was remodeled and a brick tower added.  One can say it is not large but sufficiently elegant.

Regardless of its size, St. Clement's has hosted many Rites of Baptism, and has welcomed children, as well as adults, into its fold.

Two of the best known ministers to serve at St. Clement’s have been the Rt. Reverend Girault M. Jones, retired Bishop of Louisiana, and Rev. Sterling Gunn, father of Bishop George P. Gunn of Southern Virginia.  Rev. Van W. Shields was rector when the church opened its doors in 1876.  Rev. Gunn’s contributions are still remembered by older townspeople today and his name is held in benediction by all residents who knew him, regardless of creed.

During the centennial year 1976, St. Clement’s will be calling on former ministers, W.P. Jones, M.L. Agnew and Jones Hamilton to assist with the services.  The presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in America, former Mississippi Bishop John M. Allin, preached at St. Clement’s on three occasions.

Ministers: Alexander F. Samuel, 1868; Benjamin Halstead, 1869-1872; Stephen H. Green, 1873-1876; Van Winder Shields, 1876; James A. Matthews, 1877-1878; William W. DeHart, 1879-1880; Oliver Wilson, 1880-1881; William P. Brown, 1882-1885; Henry A. Skinner, 1886-1887; James M. Magruder, 1888-1889; William H. Phillips, 1889-1890; James B. Fitzpatrick, 1889-1901; E.S. Gunn 1902-1908; David T. Johnson, 1908-1911; Malcolm W. Lockhart, 1912-191?; Edward McCrady, 1914-1915; E.A. DeMiller, 1915-1916; E.S. Gunn, 1916-191?; George V. Harris, 1920-1922; John B. Caughey, 1923-1928; Girault Jones, 1928-1929; Jones S. Hamilton, 1929-1934; J. Ord Cresap, 1934-1935; Winfred P. Jones, 1935-1940; Charles Liles, 1940-1951; Michael T. Engle, 1954-1955; Roy C. Bascom, 1955-1958; Reynolds S. Cheney, 1961-1963; M.L. Agnew, 1967-1968; Michael Bell, 1967-1968; Sam Monk, 1972-1975.

A complete history of St. Clement's Church has been written by Mrs. Emily Barksdale Humphrey.   The following link is a complete transcription of Mrs. Humphrey’s book.  Used and posted on http://www.vaiden.net with permission on 05/07/2007 from Mr. Clarence Pierce of St. Clement’s Episcopal Church.
CLICK HERE for the complete transcript.
 
 

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