Who We Are

 

The members and friends of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church welcome all persons, regardless of ethnic heritage, religious backgrounds, etc. We welcome those who are unfamiliar with the Episcopal Church as well as "cradle Episcopalians." (Information for those not familiar with the Episcopal Church is given on our First Time Visitor? page.)

 

We are blessed with a beautiful mid-eighteenth century neo-Gothic building in which to worship God as Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. However, the beauty of the building is secondary to the beauty of God's love shining through the lives of our members.

 

We have many ministries for service in the parish, dioceses and community. We are blessed with a dedicated staff of employees and volunteers who keep things going in the parish.

 

We're small but lively; we're sinners but saved by grace. Please join us as we journey in faith.

About the Episcopal Church

 

Welcome to the Episcopal Church—a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The Episcopal Church is the Province of the Anglican Communion in the United States, Honduras, Taiwan, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, the British Virgin Islands and parts of Europe. As of 2010, it is a church of 2,057,292 baptized members making it the fifteenth largest Christian denomination in the U.S. In keeping with Anglican tradition and theology, the Episcopal Church considers itself "Protestant, yet Catholic."  We hope you join us!

 

The church was organized shortly after the American Revolution when it was forced to separate from the Church of England, since Church of England clergy were required to swear allegiance to the British monarch. It became, in the words of the 1990 report of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Group on the Episcopate, "the first Anglican Province outside the British Isles". Today it is divided into nine provinces and has dioceses outside the U.S. in Taiwan, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Europe. The Episcopal Diocese of the Virgin Islands encompasses both American and British territory.

 

St. Philip's is part of the Diocese of Lexington.

St. Philip's Mission Statement

 

  • We are called by God through the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ to worship and serve the Lord.
  • We will work for the continued growth of His Kingdom and witness our faith by spreading the Good News.
  • We will reach out to others and bring them to Christ, continuing our legacy of faith for future generations.
  • We strive to provide a sanctuary for prayerful worship with a respectful and welcoming environment, and to meet the spiritual needs of our parishioners and community, using Christian ideas and values.

Communications

St. Philip's keeps the parish, community and diocese informed through the weekly service bulletin, a monthly newsletter, this web site and ad hoc mailings. Workers are always needed to fold bulletins, staple newsletters, write articles, take photographs and stuff envelopes. If you are interested in being part of St. Philip's communication endeavors,email Anne Donnally, Parish Administrator. There is always work to be done, and assistance is greatly appreciated!

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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