What is an Episcopalian?
The History of the Episcopal Church begins in the Church of England. The beginnings of the Church of England, from which The Episcopal Church derives, date to at least the second century, when merchants and other travelers first brought Christianity to England. It is customary to regard St. Augustine of Canterbury’s mission to England in 597 as marking the formal beginning of the church under papal authority, as it was to be throughout the Middle Ages.
In its modern form, the church dates from the English Reformation of the 16th century, when royal supremacy was established and the authority of the papacy was repudiated. With the advent of British colonization, the Church of England was established on every continent. In time, these churches gained their independence, but retained connections with the mother church in the Anglican Communion.
I’m not Episcopalian. Can I come to your church?
Yes! All are welcome! It can sometimes feel intimidating to enter an unfamiliar church. The people of St. Stephen’s, however, are at ease with how each other choose to participate in worship, and if you would like assistance navigating the bulletin and service, please ask a Greeter or Usher. Someone will be honored to help. You are our respected and welcome guest, and we hope you will feel as comfortable in our house as you would in that of a valued friend.
What do Episcopalians believe?
The beliefs of the Episcopal Church are summed up in our Baptismal Covenant. A mini catechism used at baptisms and on Easter and other special occasions, the Baptismal Covenant opens with a question-and-answer version of the statement of faith that is the Apostles’ Creed and adds five questions regarding how we, as Christians, are called to live out our faith. Click on the following links to find out more about what we believe.
What are your church services like?
The congregation participates by praying, listening, serving, and worshiping. We also sing at the 10:30 service. Every Sunday we read 4 sections from the Bible: An Old Testament reading, a psalm, an epistle, and a Gospel reading. We also have Holy Communion every Sunday. Our worship service comes from “The Book of Common Prayer” which makes it possible for the congregation to share fully in every service.
What is the Book of Common Prayer?
The Book of Common Prayer is the prayer book used by the Episcopal Church. It is a treasure chest full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity. We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer. A copy of the book of common prayer can be found here. Read more here.
What do people wear to church?
Be comfortable! Attire ranges from jeans to sport coats (and a few suits) and everything in-between.
How may I arrange a meeting with the priest?
Please call or email the Church Office to schedule a meeting with The Reverend David Perdue.
How may I talk with one of the church lay leaders?
Call the Church Office and a Vestry member will contact you.
How do I join?
There are at least as many ways “in” as there are doors, windows and people to connect with. The best way to begin is to attend Sunday services, talk to our friendly Greeters, introduce yourself to our Rector (pastor), and tell us your story. That will help us know the best way to proceed.
How may I be included on newsletters mailings and phone lists?
Please contact the Church Office.