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)


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

(2018 Vestry and Convention Deputy nominations due --

see announcement below for details)


October 15 at 10:00 AM: Rite I Eucharist


October 22 at 10:00 AM: Rite II Eucharist

October 22 at 11:15 AM: Blessing of the Hounds

(see announcement below for details)


October 29 at 10:00 AM: Rite II Eucharist


November 5 at 10:00 AM: Rite I Eucharist


November 12 at 10:00 AM: Rite II Eucharist

November 12 at 11:30 AM: Parish Annual Meeting;

Food and Fellowship following

(see announcement below for details)


November 19 at 10:00 AM: Rite I Eucharist


November 26 at 10:00 AM: Rite II Eucharist



Upcoming Events


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 the Pavilion in Fort Harrod Park 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.



2017 Fall Stewardship Sweep


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 12: 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.”


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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