What is the Episcopal Church? What does it believe?
As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Episcopal Church has members in the United States and the territory of Puerto Rico; and also in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Venezuela, Curacao, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Taiwan, and the Virgin Islands. The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity. Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages. Our principle liturgical book is called “The Book of Common Prayer” rooted in Sacred Scripture and our ancient liturgies. Our principle Sunday worship service is the Eucharist, sometimes called “The Mass” or “Holy Communion.” Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, regardless of Christian denomination. Both men and women, including those who are married regardless of sexual orientation, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops. Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church. We make promises in our Baptismal Covenant to respect the dignity of every human person. We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting. We affirm that committed relationships are 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.
What is All Saints like?
We are Episcopalians rooted in Acts 3:42: “They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ Teaching (faith formation) and fellowship (social life and pastoral care), to the Breaking of the Bread (The Sacraments and spiritual formation) and the prayers (faith in action – outreach).” We are a parish community full of life who is anxious to share fellowship and joy with you!
Come and see! Attend Sunday worship with us. Get involved in one of our many ministries. Meet our clergy and vestry. When you feel ready and comfortable speak with Fr. Jason about joining this amazing community of All Saints! But, how?
If you are a baptized and confirmed Episcopalian:
If you are a baptized Episcopalian, you may transfer your membership from your previous Episcopal parish to All Saints. Contact the parish offices for more details.
If you are a baptized and confirmed Christian in a community with Apostolic Succession, i.e. Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran:
If you are a baptized Christian in a community with Apostolic Succession, you may be received into the Episcopal Church by our Bishop during one of his pastoral visits to our parish or a neighboring parish as well as the regional Confirmations/Receptions during Eastertide. Contact the parish offices for more details.
If you are a baptized Christian in another community than above:
If you are a baptized Christian in another community than above, you may be received and confirmed by our Bishop during one of this pastoral visits to our parish or a neighboring parish as well as the regional Confirmations/Receptions during Eastertide. Contact the parish offices for more details.