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Services to Commemorate Stephen Bates, VT's First Known Black Chief of Police

Sunday October 3, 2021

Please join us either in-person or on Zoom as we gather for a Service of Holy Eucharist. We are pleased to welcome The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge as our guest preacher this Sunday, along with Larry Schuyler, family and guests, to honor Sheriff Stephen Bates’ legacy and the unveiling of the Historical Marker. Larry (left) and Nick Schuyler,

great-grandsons of Stephen Bates, Service details: with ca. 1904 photo of Raymond

9:30 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist Schuyler and grandchildren

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

6 Park Street

Vergennes, VT 05491

This is both an in-person and virtual event.

(Due to COVID-19 restrictions, seating is extremely limited for the in-person church service - seating limited to 50 - arrive early!)

Link to join the service virtually on Zoom

Download the service bulletin here:

19 Pent-Prop 22 Oct 3 21 Sheriff Bates Zoom edition
Download PDF • 749KB

Safety protocol for in-person services at St. Paul's Episcopal Church:

• Masks Required

• DRESS WARMLY! Doors will remain open and fans will run to provide adequate ventilation

• Spacing: There is plenty of space to spread out

• Offering: offering plates will not be passed but rather placed near each of the two entrances

11:00 a.m. Historic marker unveiling and dedication ceremony

Honoring Stephen Bates, Vermont’s first known elected black sheriff and chief of police

Vergennes City Park

(or Vergennes Opera House if inclement weather)

Please bring a chair!

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