About The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church welcomes you!
St. John's is an Episcopal Church - and as Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and believe in one God, who we understand through the persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Episcopal Church was established as a missionary society after the American Revolution when American worshippers were forced to separate from the Church of England. Since then, The Episcopal Church has grown to include members in the United States, as well as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands. We are also members of the Worldwide Anglican Communion, an international association of national and regional Anglican churches (and a few other episcopal churches) in full communion with the Church of England.
As Episcopalians we strive to live into the promises that we make in Baptism, most importantly, we strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
Our liturgy (another way of saying "rituals of worship") retains ancient structure and traditions, and is celebrated in many languages.
We welcome men and women, married or celibate, to be ordained as bishops, priests, and deacons.
We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our Church.
Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.
We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
We affirm that marriage is lifelong and monogamous. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.
We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience.
We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.
All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.