One of the oldest churches on South Bass Island, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church welcomes worshippers of all faiths. Located a short walk from downtown Put-in-Bay, this church sits on the corner of Lakeview and Catawba Avenues.
They offer Sunday services which are wonderful places to meet fellow islanders, both permanent and temporary, and continue your worship traditions while on vacation.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Details
Held every Sunday throughout the year, the 10:30 am service includes a beautiful music program. There is also a service at 7:45 am. Each service includes the Holy Eucharist.
An after-school program is also held each Tuesday afternoon during the school year. Adults may also take part in one of their Conversations of Faith every Tuesday at 10:30 in the summer. You can reach the church easily by calling a Put-in-Bay taxi any time of day or night.
The Labyrinth at St. Paul’s offers walking meditation from dawn to dusk. Dedicated in 2011, this labyrinth is a divine imprint or archetype found in many traditions throughout the world. The one at St. Paul’s is a replica of the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France.
Baptism, holy communion, confirmation, weddings, and vow renewals are also regularly hosted here. Steeped in history and local tradition, guided tours are available for this stunning church most days from 8am – 4pm by appointment. Visitors are also welcomed to explore the church on their own during that time.
The History of St. Paul’s
Built in 1865, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is one of the oldest churches in Ohio. Jose DeRiviera sold Jay Cooke the land “for the consideration of $10.” The congregation raised funds for the construction of the church which began in earnest in the winter 1864.
The first service occurred in 1865 officiated by The Rev John Mills Kendrick. The Hartman’s House, or the rectory, was then built between 1958-1962 and named for Marylib Vroman Hartman who made large contributions for the build.
The church still maintains its original wood frame to this day. It is a great historic stop as you travel the island on one of our Put-in-Bay Golf Carts.
The Stained Glass Windows of St. Paul’s
Many of the stained glass windows date from the early 1900’s. They illuminate this church with stunning colors and beauty during services which can be quite breathtaking. The altar window depicts a scene of purple vines and fishermen at their nets. More amazing stained glass can also be seen throughout the church.