A Mission Church of The Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast.
Welcome the season of Advent is here!!
Father David Powers will be with us for Holy Communion Service on December 15th
which is the third Sunday of this month due his travel during the week of Christmas.
We thank Father David for his continued monthly service to Saint Mary's by the Sea.
On December 22nd at 6pm, Saint Mary's by the Sea will host the normally 5th Sunday
Singing with other Community Churches on the 4th Sunday due to the Chirstmas and
New Years Holidays. Please make all efforts to attend and bring a covered dish since
it is our turn to host the event in our local community in South Mobile County.
The singing will begin in the church at 6pm and dinner will be around 7pm afterward.
Our Lay Worship Leader Sara Phillips has arranged for Father Bill Ericson to officiate
the 5pm Holy Eucharist Service on Christmas Eve since Father David is traveling.
Please welcome and thank Father Bill for agreeing to worship the birth of Christ our
Savior on the Eve of the Nativity. Christ our Savior is Born!! Rejoice!!!!!!
On Sunday December 29th, there will be a 10:00am Morning Prayer Service only!!
Please note that the Church will not have Breakfast on this day at 8:30am.
There will also not be an Adult Education Class at 9:00am as well.
This is only for this one Sunday due to the Christmas and New Year's Holidays.
We expect very few members to attend due to most of our families traveling.
**Please remember Stewardship to our church during this busy Holiday Season**
Month of December Service Schedule for 2013
Dec. 1st The 1st Sunday of Advent Morning Prayer Service 10:00am
Dec. 8th The 2nd Sunday of Advent Advent Lessons & Carols 10:00am
Dec. 15th The 3rd Sunday of Advent Holy Eucharist Service 10:00am
Dec. 22nd The 4th Sunday of Advent Morning Prayer Service 10:00am
Dec. 24th Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist Service 5:00pm
Dec. 29th 1st Sunday after Christamas Morning Prayer Service 10:00am
July 8th 2013: The Rev. David Powers of Mobile, AL. has agreed to be our new
Supply Priest at Saint Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church. The Rev. Powers has
recently retired and our schedule of Eucharist Service on the fourth Sunday of each
month works very well for him and his family with the exception being this month of
July due to prior commitments. The Rev. Powers has offered to have the first Eucharist
Service with us on the First Sunday of August 4th and from then on have the normal
Fourth Sunday Eucharist Service as well starting on August 25th of that month.
Therefore it has been agreed by the members to not have a Eucharist Service in July.
Please welcome Father David Powers to our church family at Saint Mary's by the Sea!
Father David Powers playing his Upright Bass standing by Organist Sharon Whatley
The Rev. Darin Hyer was with us for the last time as our monthly supply priest June 30th
for Holy Eucharist Service and the Baptismal Service for Euliana & Vosilisa Douglas.
Father Darin will be greatly missed from our church family at Saint Mary's by the Sea!
Sara Phillips led a short Adult Education class before asking Father Darin to speak.
Darin told us about his new job and life in Savannah,GA. as a Hospice Chaplain.
He also gratefully and thankfully expressed his love for Saint Mary's by the Sea.
Darin tearfully said goodbye and also expressed his love to the entire church family.
Father Darin said that he will never forget what we all did for him through love and support.
The church family applauded him and then told Father Darin that we will never forget what
he has done for Saint Mary's by the Sea and all of us as a church family in Christ.
***** Special Announcement on June 19th to all of the Saint Mary's Family *****
It is with great Happiness and also much Sadness for all of us to announce that
our supply priest the Father Darin Hyer has gotten a job as a Hospice Chaplain in
Savannah, Georgia. This is a wonderful and fulfilling career opportunity for Father Darin.
This has truly been Darin's calling and his life's dream to minister to the sick for their
spiritual healing needs of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Father Darin will be greatly missed
by all here at Saint Mary's by the Sea. Please wish him good luck in life and for the
future as this may be Father Darin's last worship service with our family on June 30th.
Jessenia Coronado Delgado
Corey Joseph Johnson
were joined together in Holy Matrimony on Saturday, April 27th of 2013 at 4:00pm.
The ceremony was held at Saint Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church, Coden.
The Rev. Darin Hyer officiated the young couple's marriage ceremony.
Sara Phillips and Judy Morris both assisted Father Darin with the marriage service.
Our Great Team of Ministers at Saint Mary's by the Sea from 3-24-13 to 6-30-13:
Father Darin Hyer had to leave us on June 30th but will never be forgotten by us all.
Sara Phillips continues on for us solo and does a wonderful job as our Worship Leader!
Father Darin mentioned that he would visit with us on special occasions in the future!
**The Rt. Rev. Bishop Philip M. Duncan II, will visit with us in June of 2014.**
The New Church Building upon the opening of the First Service on Easter of 2009.
(A special thank you and recognition to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church - Bedford, NY.)
St. Matthew's graciously donated $250,000 dollars for the rebuilding of Saint Mary's!
(We also thank and recognized the Springhill Jewish Temple - Mobile, AL.)
The Temple gave a large financial donation as well for the rebuilding of Saint Mary's!
All of us at Saint Mary's by the Sea will be enternally grateful to both for their help!
Our Church Banner, the theme was conceived by Baiba Guess & the ECW made it.
We are to be Fishers of Men.
Thank you for visiting our new Internet site. As an up-to-date congregation, we want to give you the opportunity to stay in touch with our church and our community. A new content management system will enable us to always keep you up to date.
At present, our web site is still under construction only on the History Page. We are making every effort to present you with our entire spectrum of information as soon as possible. At this point we can provide you with information on our new Sunday worship service times and the on going current events of the week. The emphasis of our site is on outreach and fellowship with the local communities of Alabama Port, Bayley's Corner, Bayou La Batre, Belle Fountaine, Bellingrath, Coden, Dauphin Island, Fowl River Mon Louis and Salt Aire. If these topics and communities are of interest to you, then please check this site regularly for updates and events.
If you need immediate assistance, go to our contact page using the menu button above!
Saint Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church's mailing address and location is:
4875 Highway 188 Coden, Alabama 36523
If you are not familiar with our church and your first contact with us is online: We would be pleased to hear from you! Please let us know what your needs and questions are, we will be more than happy to help or assist you.
Sunday Schedule: 8:30am Light Breakfast and Meet & Greet
9:00am Adult Education and Children's Fun & Games
10:00am Church Services and Children's Sunday School
11:00am Fellowship and Refreshments
In brief, you should know the following about us: Our church was established in 1965 in its present location and had been responsible for providing great spiritual worship to the Lord as well as fellowship in the community ever since. Sadly our original church from 1965 was lost in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Construction of the new church pictured above began in 2008 and was completed in 2009 just in time for Easter Sunday Service.
Our mission is to welcome everyone to our Sunday Church Services and adult & children's Sunday School. Our congregation members particularly value our friendly and family atmosphere to all.
The remains of the original church of 1965 after flood damage from Hurricane Katrina.
The beautiful stained glass windows were removed and stored for future use.
The windows were memorials and are now displayed in the new Parish Hall interior.
Sadly, the building was condemned and leveled in 2008 with new building construction.
Here is John Stringer's Website below with photos of the Damage and Salvage.