St. Mark’s, the oldest Christian church in Amherst County, Virginia is the direct successor of the first church established here in 1747. Our church was named to the National Register of Historic Places on March 12, 2012 and declared a Virginia Historic Landmark on December 5, 2011. St. Mark’s celebrated its 270th anniversary in 2017 with the following statement: Our mission is “To seek and serve Christ and to honor Him through outreach to our neighbors, our community, and the world by support of and involvement in our ministries.”
This long, rich history of community involvement holds true today, with our ministries to many through the Episcopal Thrift Shop, the school backpack program, Amherst Cares, and the Louise Cash Scholarship. A local long-term care facility benefits from our Prayer Shawl and Lap Blanket Program and the Teddy Bear Project. Through fundraising from our Annual Holiday Cookie Walk and Bazaar, those served by the Boys Home in Covington, local charities, and Episcopal Relief and Development have their needs met.
The congregation of St. Mark’s has never been large, but support has always been strong, and the people caring. We welcome all as our doors are always open. Under the massive limbs of an ancient oak tree, the bell still rings at nine thirty o’clock each Sunday morning.
To seek and serve Christ and to honor Him through outreach to our neighbors, our community, and the world by support of and involvement in our ministries.