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 our many parish ministries.

"Come as you are; leave a little different."




Bishop Caldwell has announced the end of his service as Bishop Provisional of the Diocese of Lexington effective at the end of this year. Click here to read his letter.

Service Schedule


Service of Reflection & Dialogue every Wednesday at 6:30 PM

(see announcement below for description)


September 3 at 10:00 AM: Rite I Eucharist


September 10 at 10:30 AM: Joint Service at St Peter AME

note the time change from 10:00 to 10:30 AM

(see announcement below for details)


September 17 at 10:00 AM: Rite I Eucharist

with Back to School Blessings

(see announcement below for details)


September 24 at 10:00 AM: Worship in the Park

(see announcement below for details)

September 24 at 11:30 AM: Annual Parish Picnic

(see announcement below for details)


October 1 at 10:00 AM: Rite I Eucharist

October 1 at 4:00 PM: Blessing of the Animals

(see announcement below for details)


October 8 at 10:00 AM: Rite II Eucharist


October 15 at 10:00 AM: Rite I Eucharist


October 22 at 10:00 AM: Rite II Eucharist


October 29 at 10:00 AM: Rite II Eucharist



Upcoming Events


Worship in the Park

Sunday, September 24th at 10:00 AM

Fort Harrod Park


We will worship at Fort Harrod Park on Sunday, September 24 at 10 AM. We’re renting the pavilion shelter behind the Fort for the service, so if there is rain, we will still worship at the Fort. There will be an all-parish picnic in the pavilion immediately after the service, so please stay for good food andwonderful company! This is a great service for inviting friends and family because it’s relaxed and low-key. People who might be a little lost in our regular Sunday service can more easily get a feel for what a great congregation we are and how meaningful our worship is.



Annual Parish Picnic

Sunday, September 24th at 11:30 AM

Fort Harrod Park


The annual St. Philip’s Parish Picpicnic will be on September 24 following the Service in the Park. This fall the Service in the Park and the Parish Picnic will be held at the Fort Harrods pavilion. The pavilion is located behind the fort and we will be able to go on rain or shine.

Fried chicken will be provided, along with lemonade and water to drink. We are asking everyone to bring a side dish to share. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the back of the church, or you may contact Jamie Wince. Please indicate your name and the dish you will bring. This will give us an idea of how many people to expect and let us know if we are missing any types of food such as dessert.
We would like to have a corn hole tournament. If you have a corn hole set that we can use at the picnic, please contact Susanne Sanders. There will also be volleyball and there is a playground by the pavilion. There are plenty of picnic tables to sit on, but if you would rather sit in a lawn chair please feel free to bring your own.
We are looking forward to the picnic and all the fun and fellowship. Hope to see everyone there!



Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 1st at 4:00 PM

Fort Harrod Park


The annual Blessing of the Animals day, commemorating the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, will be on October 1st. This is a short, chaotic, super-fun service that Episcopalians observe each year. We will gather with our pets at Fort Harrod Park (under the Osage Orange Tree) at 4:00 PM. We will have brief prayers and give thanks for our pets and then the priest will bless each pet individually. If your pet is social, it’s a great time to be out and make new friends (both 2-legged and 4-legged :)). If your pet is a little antisocial, you can bring a picture of the pet to be blessed. Animals definitely bless and enrich our lives and this is a simple service to say "thank you" to God for their presence with us.


Deadline for Nominations

for Vestry Members and Convention Deputies

Sunday, October 8th


Nominations for Vestry Members and Convention Deputies are due October 8th. Two positions will be filled for the Vestry, and four deputies and two alternates will be elected as Convention Delegates at the Annual meeting (part 1) on November 12th. Nomination forms are in the back of the church.


The duty of the Vestry is to take charge of and regulate the temporal affairs of the Parish, and to fully report the financial condition of the Parish at the Annual Parish Meeting, to sustain and further the mission of the Church, and to cooperate with the Rector for the promotion of the Spiritual cure and to assure proper support of the Rector through stipend and allowances (Canon 17.10 of the Diocese of Lexington). The Diocese requires all Vestry members to undergo the Prevention of Sexual
Misconduct training. Candidates must have a pledge on record with the church treasurer and be active in the ministry of the congregation. Vestry members are expected to attend monthly meetings and bi-yearly retreats.


Convention deputies will represent St. Philip’s at the 2018 Diocesan Convention. The exact date/ time and location of the Convention will be announced soon. It will be held on a Saturday (with optional Friday activities) in mid-February. Due to the status of our Bishop, other special meetings may be called in 2017. Deputies will be sent a copy of the reports, budgets, and business items to be read before and discussed at the Convention. Four deputies will attend, and alternates will attend in the place of any deputy unable to participate.


Please contact Jamie Wince, Sr. Warden, if you have any questions about Vestry nominations or are insterested in serving in one of these positions.



Enquirers' Class

Sunday, October 8th at 11:15 AM


Enquirers' Class will meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays after the church service beginning October 8th. 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 and in exploring their own faith. If you are interested in knowing more or in attending, please let Fr. Peter know.



Blessing of the Hounds Program & Coffee Hour

Sunday, October 22nd at 11:15 AM


Jane McConnell will host a presentation on the Episcopal/Anglican priest's part in the Blessing of the Hounds. Refreshments will be served.


Recurring Events


Service of Reflection & Dialogue every Wednesday at 6:30 PM: This is a casual interactive service. Fr. Peter has a short sermon followed by a time to reflect, respond, and discuss. It is a very relaxed and supportive service with time to listen as well as time to speak about life's concerns. Please join us for a quieter, contemplative time of worship, prayer, and healing.


Children and Youth Education. St. Philip's offers two unique wonderful children's education programs. The first Sunday of the month, Kids remain and serve in church.  Music, Art and Bible lessons occur on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in the CER Youth Center located next door to the church bldg. Our families meet in the church and our children lead us into worship. Then children walk with a guide to the CER bldg, and return to the church at the Offertory to be with their families for the Eucharist. Godly Play is offered on the second and fourth Sundays of each month for children who are preschool age through 4th grade Elementary School. Godly Play is the sacred space for children to explore the stories of our faith. 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.

Nursery is available for children under 4yrs. every Sunday.


Daughters of the King meet the first Sunday of the month at 11:30 AM

Please contact Vicki Mackey ( or Rebecca Robinson ( for questions about DOK of if you would like to add someone to the DOK prayer list.


The Community Meal is served in the Parish Hall on the Fourth Thursday of the month beginning at 4:45 PM. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry, please contact Katie Lay (or church office). See the Community Meal page in the Ministries section for more information (click here).


Sign-up sheets for altar flowers are in the church. Altar flowers are $40 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.  There are no flowers during Lent.


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.

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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Kroger Card Rewards

Keep the Rewards coming. 

Please enroll anytime or re-enroll in August- 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!

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.

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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.

Where to Find Us:

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

Church building is 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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