Lay ministry video vol. 1 marks start of 150th observance

Sunday School in Helper in the 1930s.

As the Diocese of Utah nears a century and a half milestone, Bishop Scott B. Hayashi has asked that we emphasize the role of the lay ministry in our history and our daily lives. It would have been nearly impossible for the early church to have existed without dedicated lay members taking on tasks ranging from getting the coal stoves lit to serving congregations until the few members of the clergy could arrive by horse and buggy to remote areas.


Additionally, the laity served in the church’s early schools, hospitals and in ministries to miners,
St. Mark’s Hospital Director Dr. John Hamilton and Cathedral Organist
Fidelia Hamilton.
ministries to Native Americans, and others in the frontier land. Much of the history has been lost or forgotten.
Considerable research and travel throughout the diocese have resulted in a documentary that had its debut at our Diocesan Convention. It will be seen later in our churches and is also found on YouTube. The video “Here Am I, Send Me” is produced by the Diocese of Utah Communications Office. Communications Director Craig Wirth iproduced and narrated the video. Mitch Sears of the Diocesan Office, Diocesan Historiographer Kurt Cook, St. Paul’s (Salt Lake City) historian Russ Pack, and video editor Tim Phillips all contributed to the production. It will be the first in a series of videos about our diocese and the origin of our churches.


Wirth says it was difficult to decide which parts of our history should be included in this first film, as all of our congregations have important histories of dedicated lay members. This one includes stories about:
–  a frontier banker and miner who gave the “go ahead” money to build the 
                      Cathedral Church of St. Mark;
    –  the sexton of St. Paul’s (SLC) who bequeathed all his money to purchase a
                      hymnal board for the church and to fund a prize for Sunday School children;
                   –  the laity that served in the Unitah Basin;
                   –  the forgotten fundraisers of St. Andrew’s in Eureka, including the 
                      Eureka Mandolin Band;
                   –  the time Good Shepherd put on a 350 person musical to raise money;
–  the church in Standardville, Utah, which like the town is completely gone.
We anticipate that the production will be another jewel in Mr. Wirth’s repertoire of highly acclaimed historical documentaries.

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