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Episcopal Church returning to Dayton

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

In 1876, an Episcopal/ Methodist church was built in Gold Hill, a mission of Old St. Paul’s in Virginia City. The building was moved to Dayton in 1903.

Those with long memories may remember the church on Pike Street. It was closed in the 1950s because of dwindling membership. Lyon County had the structure demolished in 1974 and since that time there has not been an Episcopal presence in the town.

The Rev. Michael Slater, a vocational deacon in the Episcopal church has been asked by the Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada, to become an “Episcopal presence” in Dayton and become involved in local outreach programs.

“I think it would be a fresh expression to start with service and form community at a later date,” Bishop Edwards has said.

The Rev. Slater has become involved with several areas of outreach and is seeking to find other ways to be of assistance to the people of Dayton.

Episcopalians or members of another Christian church seeking a spiritual home, are invited to contact Slater and let him know what would be most helpful. He is hoping to put together a group that could canvas all of Dayton, letting people know that the Episcopal church has returned.

The church is not just the building, but also the spirit it generates. A local historian has said that “for years the Episcopal church helped form the culture and life of the town.”

There is much to do in Dayton, Slater says.

Contact Slater at 775-443-8871 or EpiscopalDayton@aol.com.