Jones was born into slavery in 1746, purchased his own freedom and became a lay reader in what is now the United Methodist Church.
Disagreement over segregation in the church led Jones to leave the Methodist Church for the Episcopal Church, where he was ordained a priest. He died Feb. 13, 1818. The church recognizes Feb. 13 as Jones’ feast day.
The service is sponsored by the Union of Black Episcopalians and the Diocese of Connecticut.