What is the Episcopal Church?
The Episcopal Church is the American branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, an inheritor of 2000 years of Christian faith and practice, rooted in the Church of England. The Episcopal Church came into existence as an independent denomination after the American Revolution. Today it has between two and two and a half million members in the United States, Mexico, and Central America, all of which are under jurisdiction of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori.
What do Episcopalians believe?
Episcopalians believe in a relational God made up of three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Accordingly, the Episcopal Church subscribes to the historic Creeds (the Nicene Creed and the Apostles' Creed), considers the Bible to be divinely inspired, and holds the Holy Communion (The Eucharist/Lord's Supper) to be the central act of Christian worship. However, it also grants great latitude in interpretation of doctrine. It tends to stress less the confession of particular beliefs than the use of the Book of Common Prayer in public worship. The prayer book is essential to the character of the Episcopal Church as it holds together congregations with very different styles of worship within the church's broader traditions of Christian belief and practice.
In the United States, the Episcopal Church represents a "middle road" between the Roman Catholic and the Protestant traditions. It couples a rich liturgical practice with an emphasis on the formation of Christians through the education of children and adults. It seeks to be a "house of prayer for all people" and actively welcomes all who seek a closer relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Why should I choose St. Andrew's Episcopal Church?
For over ninety years, the parish of St. Andrew's has been the spiritual home to many saints. The people of our parish have always played a strong and vital role in the life of our community. We have been blessed to share our traditions, worship and the proclamation of God's word with countless people seeking a closer knowledge of Jesus Christ. We are a warm, loving and sharing community, eager to include all of God's people in the embrace of our faith and worship.
During the service, who may take Communion?
All who wish to seek Christ and are baptized, or plan to be baptized are welcome to receive Holy Communion. Children receive at the discretion of their parents. As part of Church School, our children receive Communion instruction; however, the instruction is not required prior to receiving the sacrament. God's grace is extended to us in the sacrament despite our level of understanding and is why children of all ages are welcome to receive.
Are children welcome at services?
All children are welcome to the services at St. Andrew's. We offer activity bags filled with coloring pages, crayons, a book, and a stuffed animal - these are located on the green cart in the Narthex. If you wish to an alternative, childcare for infants and toddlers is available in the nursery in the Nursery located on the Lower Level. Church School for children pre-K through the Grade 5 goes from 9:45 a.m. through the first half of the 10 a.m. service.
If your children are with you during the service, you are free to use our Quiet Room for those times when you would like to be a part of the service but feel the need to separate yourself and a child from the rest of the congregation. The Quiet Room is located to the right of the Altar near the exit (facing the Altar) and is equipped with a speaker so you can still listen to the service.
How could I get to know the congregation?
Attending a variety of services and staying for the coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service is a good opportunity to get to know us. Joining one of the groups or committees or participating in activities and events are also a good ways to meet other active members of the parish.
What opportunities are there for me to share my talent and time with St. Andrew's?
Parishioners have many opportunities to share their time and talent with St. Andrew's by serving on one of our committees, helping with a special event, singing in the choir, teaching Church School and many other activities. The ministries page of this website has a list of many of the committees, ministries and groups of the parish.
How is the church supported?
St. Andrew's is primarily supported through annual pledges made by the members of the congregation and plate offerings at each service.
What do I need to do to have my child baptized?
Please click here for information about the Sacrament of Baptism.
What must I do to be married or have our relationship blessed in the Episcopal Church?
Please click here for information about Marriage/Blessing of a Relationship.