Welcome to St George’s Episcopal Memorial Church! Our parish has been an important presence in the Bismarck community since 1880, and we continue to meet the Living God in this place today – through worship, education, outreach, and most of all, through the relationships we have created with each other.


May 8, 1873First Protestant service in Bismarck conducted by Rev. Charles Swift, an Episcopal clergyman.
Autumn, 1877Rev. J.A. Gordon appointed to conduct Episcopal services once a month in the schoolhouse.
December 1877Organization of the Women’s Guild.
Spring 1878Bishop Robert Harper Clarkson appointed the Rev. J. Gordon Miller to be the first resident missionary.
October 1878Permanent organization of the Episcopal Church in Bismarck.
Spring 1880Construction of a church building was begun at Mandan St. and Ave. A.
Whitsunday 1881Church consecrated by Bishop Clarkson of Omaha, NE and known as the Church of the Bread of Life.
1882The bell from the sunken Missouri River steamboat “Red Cloud” given to the church by Captain I.P. Baker.
1890Name of the church changed to St. George’s.
November 1892First rectory, 410 First St., bought for $1,050.
1900Church building moved to Thayer and Third Street.
Summer 1935Rev. DeForrest Bolles, Minneapolis, MN, gave the parish 2 lots in the 300 block on Fourth Street.
July 1937Lots at Fourth St. and Ave. B purchased.
October 1937Lots in the 300 block on Fourth St. sold.
April 1938Bishop Atwill conferred with the vestry on ways and means of building a new church.
November 1943The promise by E.A. Hughes of a substantial gift gave impetus to the building program.
February 1944Church building and finance committees were appointed for a new church structure.
May 1946H.M. Leonhard officially named architect to draw plans for a new church.
April 6, 1948Bids opened for construction of the church.
May 8, 1948Ground breaking ceremonies attended by pioneers of all faiths. Actual construction was begun in a few weeks.
October 24, 1948Bishop Atwill conducted services of laying the bronze corner plate.
March 17, 1949A tour of inspection followed the annual parish meeting to note construction progress, and the choir sang the Te Deum.
September 10, 1949 Holy Communion administered by Bishop Atwill in old St. George’s for the last time, followed by secularization of the building at 9 am.
First service and blessing of the new church by Bishop Atwill and Governor Fred G. Aandahl giving the address at 11 am.
Public reception in the crypt at 8 pm.
September 11, 1949Choral communion in the new church, Rev. N.E. Elsworth, celebrant at 9 am.
Service of consecration and blessing of the many memorials and gifts.
March 18, 2020St. George’s Episcopal Memorial Church offers livestreaming worship services for the first time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
October 5, 2021St. George’s Episcopal Memorial Church is accepted on the National Register of Historic Places.
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