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."




Photos from the SPY Visit to Devine Corn Maze, Service in the Park, Blessing of the Animals, and Blessing of the Hounds are posted in the photo gallery pages. Click here to view the photos.


St. Philip's vendor's booth is now at Rags to Riches in Harrodsburg. We now have room to take donations of larger items and are ready for Christmas trinkets. Check out the booth -- it is toward the back of the building and has a "St. Philip's" sign on it. Thanks for all the generous donations! We are averaging $100 per month in income for St. Philip's. Call the church office if you need someone to pick up your donations.


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.

The Standing Committee has announced the plan for selecting selecting our next bishop. You can read the announcement here.


The Diocese of Lexington Budget Committee is hosting hearings on the 2018 proposed diocesan budget at several locations. The hearings will be open-forum, providing an opportunity for parishioners to ask questions and be heard. Everyone in the diocese is invited to attend one of the sessions listed below.

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:00 p.m. - Union College, Frances Patridge Campus Center, ground floor conference room, 310 College Street, Barbourville
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m. - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 3 Chalfonte Place, Fort Thomas
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m. - Church of the Ascension, 48 West High St., Mt. Sterling
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:00 p.m. - St. Raphael Episcopal Church, 1891 Parkers Mill Road, Lexington


The Nominations Committee of the Diocese of Lexington is looking for candidates, who are communicants in good standing in their local churches, to stand for election for the following offices: Standing Committee, Executive Council, and Board of Trustees for the University of the South. Please click here to read about these positions.

Nominations are currently being accepted. To fill out and submit the online Nomination Form, click here.


Save the Date: Diocesan Convention 2018! The 122nd Convention of the Diocese of Lexington will be on Saturday, February 24th, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Winchester, Ky. Mark you carlendar!


Service Schedule


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

(see announcement below for description)


November 1, All Saints' Day

12:00 Noon Eucharist

6:30 PM Service of Reflection & Dialogue


November 5 at 10:00 AM: Rite I Eucharist


November 12 at 10:00 AM: Rite II Eucharist


November 19 at 10:00 AM: Rite I Eucharist

UTO Ingathering during this service

(see announcement below for details)

November 19 at 11:30 AM: Parish Annual Meeting;

Food and Fellowship following

(see announcement below for details)


November 26 at 10:00 AM: Rite II Eucharist


December 3 at 10:00 AM: Rite I Eucharist


December 10 at 10:00 AM: Rite II Eucharist


December 17 at 10:00 AM: Rite I Eucharist


December 24 at 10:00 AM: Rite II Eucharist


December 31 at 10:00 AM: Rite I Eucharist



Upcoming Events


UTO Ingathering

Sunday, November 19th at 10:00 AM Eucharist


The Episcopal United Thank Offering is a ministry with a 125 year history. It was organized by Episcopal women who were a prime support of the missionary outreach program of the church. The little blue mite boxes, known affectionately as "Blue Boxes" were utilized to collect prayers and grateful offerings from the women of the church in thanksgiving for the many blessings of this life. All parishes are urged to participate by recognizing our blessings and generously contributing our offerings to our Blue Boxes. Subsequently the money collected, the Ingathering, is sent directly to the diocese coordinator and ultimately to the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church, the award granting body. Every Diocese of the Episcopal Church has received at least one UTO Grant. Our own parish, St. Philip's, received a grant when the Parish Hall "carport annex" was enclosed!

The boxes and donation envelopes, along with an information booklet, are located in the back of the church. The St. Philip’s Ingathering to collect the boxes is November 19th. This is the day to return your Blue Box to church. The Blue Box serves as a visual reminder to offer thanks for our blessings big and small and to acknowledge that all that we have are gifts come from God, and are for the glory of God and the building of God's Kingdom.


2017 Fall Stewardship Sweep


Annual Parish Meeting


It is time for the traditional Fall Stewardship Sweep! Stewardship is about transforming people’s lives with the gifts God has given us. Stewardship doesn’t just happen in the fall, it happens every day of the year — BUT the ‘sweep’ is the time of year when we reflect more on those gifts God has given us and how we use them to serve God and others.

This year’s sweep theme is Journey to Generosity. Beginning October 1st, the vestry members will share stories about their personal transformations and how their response makes a difference in their lives. We will also provide stewardship resources, as well the proposed 2018 budget.


During this time we also elect Vestry members and Diocesan Convention Deputies. Nomination forms are available in the back of the church. If you are interested in becoming a vestry member, please talk with Jamie Wince, Senior Warden.


There are some important dates to remember:

  • October 1: Stewardship Sweep begins
  • October 8: 2018 Vestry and Convention Deputy nominations due
  • October 29: Pledge cards and Time/Talent brochures distributed
  • November 19: Annual meeting to elect Vestry members and Convention deputies; also Pledge card and Time/Talent response cards collected

The Annual Meeting will be followed by fellowship and food!


As we journey through the sweep please keep I Peter 4:10 in mind, “Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”


North Point Christmas Fund


The chaplains at North Point are collecting money for the inmates’ Christmas. They are working to raise $3000, which with about 1200 inmates is slightly less than $3 per inmate for Christmas. Many of the inmates have no family or friend support -- they receive nothing from the outside except this Christmas package. If you would like to donate, you may put a check in the offering plate marked “North Point” or mail by Wednesday, November 1 to: North Point Training Center (NPTC) c/o Christmas Fund, PO Box 749, Burgin, KY 40310


 gifts, no work, no business; just EDM (eat, brink, and be merry)! All women are welcome. If you are an Episcopalian woman then you are automatically a member of Episcopal Church Women (ECW). Just join us for holiday fun!


ECW Christmas Luncheon

Saturday, December 9th at 11:30 AM

Old Owl Tavern at the Beaumont Inn


No gifts, no work, no business; just EDM (eat, brink, and be merry)! All women are welcome. If you are an Episcopalian woman then you are automatically a member of Episcopal Church Women (ECW). Just join us for holiday fun!


Enquirers' Class

beginning 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.


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.

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.

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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