St. Philip's Episcopal Church St. Philip's Episcopal Church

We are called by God through the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ
to worship and serve the Lord.

Fr. Peter Doddema, Rector



Welcome to the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church website. We hope this site will help you learn more about us and our witness for Christ. We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way. Our church is a thriving community of believers, and lovers of the word of God. St. Philip's has a long tradition of outreach and service to its members and the community. We hope you will join us for Holy Eucharist on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ. We also invite you to participate in any of of our many parish ministries"Come as you are; leave a little different."

St. Philip's Annual Meeting


St. Philip's members will vote for Vestry members and Deputies to the Convention on Sunday, November 2nd immediately following the church service.


Coffee Hour afterward in the Parish Hall.


Pledge cards and Time & Talent Opportunity brochures will be collected at the offertory and blessed at the altar.


Annual reports will be distributed in January.


Election of Two Vestry Members & Four Deputies to Convention

The Vestry is the elected governing body of the Parish who oversees the church and its operations. The Vestry of St. Philip’s is comprised of seven members, elected by the congregation to serve a three year term. This year, two new persons will be elected as David Taylor and Travis Wheeler complete their three years. By Cannon Law, the Vestry is the legal representative of the Parish in all matters concerning its corporate property and relations of the Parish to its clergy (Canon 1.14 Sec.2).
The Vestry meets on the third Sunday of the month after the church service and has two retreats per year. They are asked to be a visible part of the worship services, the annual meeting and other congregational events.
To serve on the Vestry of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, one must meet the following requirements: Be at least 16 years old; Be baptized; Be confirmed in the Episcopal Church, or confirmed by a bishop of a church in communion with the Episcopal church, or received into the Episcopal Church; Be faithful in corporate worship for the previous year; Be faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God.


The 2015 Diocesan Convention will be held in mid-February in Morehead.

Deputies are sent a copy of the reports, budgets, and business items to be discussed at the Convention to be read before attending the meeting. The Convention begins Thursday evening with a Eucharist and business is conducted all day Friday and Saturday morning. St. Philip's will send 4 deputies (alternates will attend if a deputy is unable to attend).



Important Update About the Kroger Card Program

Kroger has changed the way it pays rewards to non-profit organizations. The gift cards we have been using will not benefit St. Philip's after August 31. (The gift cards can continue to be used until the cash on the card is gone, however, St. Philip's will not receive a donation from use of the gift card.)


Beginning on September 1, 2014, rewards will be paid based on purchases with a scanned Kroger Plus card. Participants need to register their Kroger Plus cards online at by clicking on Enroll. You can then search for St. Philip's Episcopal Church by name and/or NPO number (11100) to link your Kroger Plus Card reward to St. Philip's. Every time you shop at Kroger and scan your Kroger Plus card, St. Philip's will receive a donation at no cost to you. Sign up, and ask all your friends to sign up too!

Upcoming Events

St. Philip's Adult Forum meets each Sunday from 9:00 AM until 9:50 AM in the Parish Hall. Join us for exploration and discussion of issues of importance to 21st century Christians. Click here for directions to the Parish Hall.


Godly Play Spoken Here! Godly Play is offered on the second and fourth Sundays of each month for children who are preschool age through 3rd grade Elementary School. The children and teachers meet in the CER Building during the first part of the worship service and return to the church at the Offertory to be with their families for the Eucharist. Godly Play is the sacred space for children to explore the stories of our faith. The Complete Guide to Godly Play describes it as a time for children to “enter in into parables, silence, sacred stories and sacred liturgy in order to discover God, ourselves, one another and the world around us.” Beth Pritchett is a certified teacher in the Godly Play curriculum, and she openly and warmly invites all age-appropriate children to this beautiful introduction to experiencing the mystery of God in our lives.


Fr. Peter began the Enquirers’ Class on Sunday, October 12th at 11:30. The Enguirers' Class will meet on the second and fourth Sundays beginning October 12th and conclude when our Bishop visits in May. The Bishop's visit is a time for baptisms, confirmations, and welcoming new members to St. Philip's. It is a lovely time.
St. Philip's Enquirers' class covers a lot of important ground. Though the class is designed primarily for people interested in joining St. Philip's, it is open to anyone interested in knowing more about the Episcopal Church & in exploring their own faith
We will meet directly after Sunday services and will gather in the CER building. Class will last about an hour; please bring a brown bag lunch. If you are interested in knowing more or attending, please let me know. Our previous classes have been a lot of fun and times of great learning and we look forward to more of that in the coming months.
During our time of study, we look at: The history of the Episcopal Church and also What is going on today.


 Finding your way to St. Philip's. Finding one's way around our buildings can be difficult at first. To make it a bit easier we have a map of our buildings showing entrances. Click here to view the map.


The Sts. Mary and Martha Chapter of the Daughters of the King (DoK) at St. Philip’s meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 12:30 PM in the Parish Hall. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 12th.


Community Meal is on Thursday, October 23, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in St. Philip's Parish Hall. See the Community Meal page in the Ministries section for more information (click here).


Photos from the July 13 Parish Picnic are posted on the Photo Gallery pages. Click here to view the photos.


Sign-up sheets for altar flowers and coffee hour are in the church. Altar flowers are $50 per Sunday, and a dedication for the flowers appears in the bulletin (for example, "in honor of ..." or "in loving memory of ..."). We also need volunteers to provide snacks or finger food for coffee hour on the first Sunday of the month. Please sign up for these donations using the sign-up sheets.


Follow St. Philip's on Twitter. The St. Philip's Twitter feed is @StPhilipsKy ( Follow us to get tweets of current events at St. Philip's. You can also view our Facebook page at

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St. Philip's Featured in Blog

Keith Stillwell is the Associate Pastor for Discipleship at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church (339 West Lexington Avenue, Danville, KY). He recently featured St. Philip's in his blog "Churches Along the Ride and Psalms". The post includes some nice photos of St. Philip's which Rev. Stillwell snapped. Click here to view the blog post.

Newsletter by Email

The monthly St. Philip's newsletter is available by email. If you would like to receive the newsletter via email(instead of a paper copy through the Postal Service), please contact the church office by email or phone (859-734-3569). The newsletter will be sent as a pdf file. This will save postage, paper and toner cost plus you'll receive the emailed newsletter before the paper copies are delivered. Electronic copies (in pdf format) of current and past issues can be downloaded here.

Sign Up for DioLex Link

DioLex Link is the weekly email letter from the Diocese of Lexington. It is the primary source for news and information in the Diocese of Kentucky. If you aren't receiving DioLex Link then you should sign up today -- use the form on the home page of the Diocese of Lexington web site . Please note that the Diocese has suspended publication of the Advocate newspaper.

Meet the Staff

Learn about St. Philip's Episcopal Church, it's clergy, and staff. We have a rich history, and a vibrant team of people who make a difference.

Look at Our Photos

See a slideshow of our wonderful community, and get a glimpse of some of the many activities that take place at St. Philip's on the Photo Galleries page.

St. Philip's Episcopal Church

Where to Find Us:

St Philip's Episcopal Church
118 W Poplar St
Harrodsburg, KY 40330

Located on the corner of Short and Chiles Streets


phone: 859-734-3569



Worship: Sundays at 10:00 AM

Nursery available every Sunday!

Children's Church on 2nd & 4th Sundays at 10:00 AM

A Prayer for Service

Almighty God, assist us to see your vision of the growth and vitality of St. Philip's. Help us to reach those who do not know your saving grace. Deepen our commitment; increase our faith and trust, that we may live as witnesses to you. May the Holy Spirit lead us to the service you would have us do, as servants of Christ Jesus our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.

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