The Star Democrat

Christ Church St. Michaels breaks ground on Talbot Street Project

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ST. MICHAELS — In 1672, the Anglican Church of England establishe­d the Parish of St. Michaels on Shipping Creek, which is now St. Michaels Harbor. The church was one of the Chesapeake Bay area’s original “water churches” for the Church of England. In 2022, Christ Church St. Michaels will celebrate its 350th anniversar­y with a series of projects and events intended not only to serve parishione­rs, but also the greater St. Michaels community.

The keystone event of the anniversar­y year is the Talbot Street Project, which began on Dec. 5 with a groundbrea­king ceremony. The Rev. Steven E. Mosher broke ground and addressed a large crowd of guests and church members. Mosher announced the Talbot Street Project would transform the church yard into a newly landscaped area of walkways, benches, a memorial garden and a chapel.

Special guest Tom King of Noelker and Hull Associates Inc., Frederick, was introduced as the chief architect and structural engineer of the project. King will work with the primary project contractor to create a welcoming area bordering Talbot Street in front of the church in the heart of St. Michaels.

St. Michaels Commission President Michael E. Bibb stressed the importance of Christ Church in the history of the town that grew up around it. Mosher thanked Bibb and his fellow commission­ers as well as the members of the Historic Commission and their staffs for their support in helping to bring the project to fruition.

The project, once

completed, is intended to provide a host site for St. Michaels residents and visitors to have a relaxing moment while enjoying the town. Whether it be outdoor worship services, concerts, lectures, or special events, it is hoped that all will benefit from this inaugural project of Christ Church’s 350th anniversar­y celebratio­n.

Christ Church St. Michaels Parish is a vibrant faith community grounded in history and open to the future. It is inclusive, caring, active and engaged in proclaimin­g the good news of Christ to all God’s people. It will celebrate its 350th anniversar­y in 2022, honoring its past, celebratin­g its present and committing to the future.

 ?? PHOTO BY DAN DANIEL ?? Gathered for the groundbrea­king of the Talbot Street Project, from left: John Masone, project representa­tive; Dr. Robert Burger, senior warden; Tom King, project engineer; Susan Armstrong, junior warden; Michael Bibb, town commission­er; and Rev. Steven Mosher.
PHOTO BY DAN DANIEL Gathered for the groundbrea­king of the Talbot Street Project, from left: John Masone, project representa­tive; Dr. Robert Burger, senior warden; Tom King, project engineer; Susan Armstrong, junior warden; Michael Bibb, town commission­er; and Rev. Steven Mosher.

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