About the Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church is the American branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion and a descendant of the Church of England established in the 16th century by King Henry VIII and his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I. We strive to offer a "middle way" (via media) between the Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions, and you will recognize elements of both in our worship. (The name "Episcopal" reflects our governance by Bishops, who are in a direct line of succession going all the way back to the first Bishop, St. Peter.)
While the personality and style of worship may vary slightly from one congregation to another, there are certain things you can expect when you walk into an Episcopal Church:
- Welcome: The Episcopal Church is famous for being warm and inclusive, and we love to show hospitality to newcomers and visitors from near and far. We strive to live out our baptismal vows, in which we promise to "seek and serve Christ in all persons, and love our neighbors as ourselves." We mean it!
- Worship: Followers of Jesus Christ, the Episcopal Church honors both Word and Sacrament, immersing ourselves in Holy Scripture each week before gathering at the Lord's Table to be fed by Holy Communion. We pray together, we sing together, and we give thanks for God's abundant blessings.
- Fellowship: We care that you have chosen to be among us, and we invite you to stay for a few minutes after worship to have a cup of coffee or tea and a snack and meet some new friends!
- Formation: The Anglican tradition is based on a "three-legged stool" of Scripture, tradition, and reason. Episcopal parishes offer opportunities to study the Bible, learn about the history and heritage of the Church and its teachings, and wrestle with the tenets of the faith for yourself. We like to say that you don't have to check your brain at the door in the Episcopal Church: Your doubts and questions help all of us grow, so we hope that you'll bring them to the table.
- Love: The love of God is the greatest gift the Church has to offer the world, and it's the thing that everyone needs the most. We don't do it perfectly, but we do our best to share the love embodied by Jesus with all whom we meet. As the Most Reverend Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, always says, "If it's not about love, it's not about God!"
Please come and see for yourself!