St. Thomas' Episcopal Church
214 E. 2nd Street
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
Our parish family comprises a very friendly, warm and caring group of active individuals. Many members are retired and have lived in the community most of their lives. Our congregation consists of members that live in Port Clinton, OH and nearby communities including; Catawba, Marblehead, Lakeside and Oak Harbor. Some members of our church family are, “Snowbirds,” and head south during the cold season. We strive to be good stewards in our communities. We embrace guests to St. Thomas’ with open arms. See map here
Worship & Music
Our Sunday services have been at 9:00 AM or 11:00 AM; switching the times every four months. This was a means to accommodate one clergy and organist between 2 parishes. Typically, we now celebrate a Rite II communion service with music and hymns at 9:00 AM. During the summer months our attendance swells due to our resort style community.
St. Thomas’ has an important role in Community Outreach in partnership with other ministries. About seven years ago, our shared ministry began our community meal program serving 90-100 free dinners one day each month during the school season from September to June. The meal preparation and serving are conducted at St. Thomas’, with funding and manpower provided by St. Thomas’, Peace Lutheran, Firelands Presbyterian parishioners and other community service organizations. We assist the community’s Transitional Housing residents by providing a meeting place and have prepared them a Thanksgiving meal and provide support whenever possible. In addition to Transitional Housing, parishioners volunteer their time and talents to other community programs including the American Red Cross, Hospice, The Community Arts Council, Firelands Concert Series, Wide World Shop, Ottawa County Community Foundation, Service Club Memberships, and Boy Scouts of America. Our commitment to Outreach also includes sharing our building with other groups in the community such as Ruth Ann’s House and AA daily at noon and two evenings a week.
Our Christian education program is an adult oriented program led by our priest, and it covers both bible study and contemporary issues as they relate to scripture. The meetings involve collaborative conversation, reflection on lectionary and Christian literature. The group meets weekly on Tuesdays. The Episcopal churches in our area have a joint Youth Group.
St. Thomas’ is located in Port Clinton, OH, a vacationland, and resort community nestled on the shores of western Lake Erie. To experience Port Clinton, you would want to explore the sandy beaches, the lighthouse, and the vista of Lake Erie that includes the historic Lake Erie Islands. The town is situated about 65 miles west of Cleveland and 35 miles east of Toledo. Our stately and unique building stands just two blocks from the shores and beaches. St. Thomas’ is an historical treasure with its lovely corner lot and welcoming red doors. The rich wood interior enhances the worship experience. A peaceful garden and greenspace lie adjacent to the building where our Columbarium is located. It is enhanced by a landscaped sitting area making a place for contemplation and reflection. Our large Guild Hall, attached to the church, is a well-lighted room that offers itself to Parish activities as well as a place for Community outreach. The hall has a stage and a well equipped kitchen. The hall comes alive after Sunday services offering fellowship, coffee and great food. Our spacious hall also enables us to serve 90-100 free Community meals once each month during the school year. There is a classroom area that is unique to this century old building. The parish is handicap accessible. Renovations to the roof, air conditioning and the kitchen facility round out recent improvements to our parish.
Vacationers flock here in the summer months to enjoy world-class freshwater fishing, boating, the Lake Erie Islands, the amusement parks and other amenities offered in the area. The well-known, nearby, Cedar Point amusement park with its spectacular “Scream Machine,” roller coasters, the Kalahari indoor waterpark and convention center located at Sandusky are highlights for many summertime visitors. Golfers will find many excellent courses in the area, and there are several State Parks that have camping facilities for the outdoors people to enjoy. Locally, we can enjoy the arts including the Firelands Symphony and the Port Clinton Arts Council that brings art to life for our community through Art Walks, classes and other venues. Last, but not least, as the “Walleye Capital of the World,” Port Clinton, is home to the Memorial Day weekend “Walleye Festival,” and the very unique New Year welcoming celebration featuring the Walleye Drop that attracts thousands of Holiday revelers each year.
Education has become well thought of in our area beginning with the Port Clinton school system which has received Awards of Excellence several years in a row. Our proximity to local Community Colleges and Universities enables students to earn college credits while still in high school. Bowling Green State University, Firelands College, University of Toledo, Terra Community College, Owens Community College, Lorain Community College and Tiffin University are all within driving distance to the Port Clinton Area.
Port Clinton has access to several excellent medical facilities including our own Magruder Hospital, Firelands Hospital Campus, Sandusky, The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, Cleveland, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Toledo, and Promedica, Toledo.
Several Episcopal missions began in the Port Clinton, Ohio area during the 1880’s. In late 1895, The Rev. Thomas Barkdull began conducting services for the St. Thomas Mission of Port Clinton. The services were held in various buildings within the city. In the fall of 1896 the cornerstone was laid, and the first services at St. Thomas’ church were held on January 17, 1897. An early history of the church suggests that the church name was chosen to honor Rev Barkdull who had worked so diligently to establish the parish. In 1999, The St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church was added to the registry of National Historic Sites and a bronze plaque commemorating this historical building is installed on the front of the church.
St. Thomas’ parish seeks to increase community awareness and presence through additional outreach programs. We wish to develop lay leadership and promote church growth in our community.
Who We Seek
With God’s grace and guidance St. Thomas’ is seeking a rector to lead us in worship, Episcopal understanding, and growth. We offer a unique opportunity since St. Thomas’ is located in a seasonal, resort community. The position we are seeking to fill is full time and the rector would have a visible presence in the community as both pastor and resident. Salary and benefits are negotiable, commensurate with experience and circumstances of the applicant.
The rector would emphasize the following parish needs:
1. Worship Planning and Leadership by:
a. Providing leadership to assist members in spiritual guidance
b. Educating the congregation about Christianity, the Bible and Theology
2. Preaching and teaching a variety of sermons that are:
a. Related to daily living
b. Illustrative messages
c. Espousing Christian values
3. Providing Pastoral Care and Crisis Ministry through:
a. Hospital and home visits
b. Hospice visits
c. Guiding parishioners to assist in pastoral care
d. Giving comfort to the elderly and sick
4. Promoting and leading Church growth/Development/Outreach by:
a.Calling on new and existing members
b. Being an active presence in the community
c. Leading us in sponsoring community events/activities
d. Developing lay leadership
e. Helping reexamine our Mission, Vision and Purpose