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Upcoming Events
FEB

21

WED
Lenten Eucharist and Supper
6:00 PM
St Alban's 2816 Deborah Drive Monroe
FEB

25

SUN
Lent for Everyone Study Group
12:15 PM
join us each Sunday during Lent for our study of the book "Lent for Everyone, Mark Year B" by N.T.Wright
Holy Eucharist
1:30 PM
Sunday
Bible Search
Mission Statement

St. Patrick's Church Exists

To live as a community where people experience an environment of trust and gracious acceptance.

To witness to the joy and peace found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

To call people to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

To be a place where lives are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

To send out disciples of Jesus Christ to empower change in the world of the everyday.

 

WHO ARE WE?

 

WHY 70% OF EPISCOPALIANS WEREN’T BORN THAT WAY

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Yes, we’re a church of refugees.

It’s no secret that the clear majority of those in Episcopal Church pews on Sunday mornings were not born Episcopalians.  Most of us came from other Christian denominations or from no church background at all.  So, what’s the draw?

Since many converts come as adults, chances are logic and reason play a role in a person’s decision to become an Episcopalian.  The Episcopal Church has consistently been labeled a “middle road” -- a “via media” -- between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.  We bring the reverence and rootedness of an ancient tradition alongside a clear devotion to the Bible and priesthood of all believers.  In years past, in fact, some people suggested that were America to unite under one, central religion, it just might be the Episcopal Church.  It’s worth noting that the National Cathedral in Washing, DC, host to some of the nation’s most important religious events, is an Episcopal church.

Other people become Episcopalians because of our views on Holy Communion, women’s ordination, and human rights.  Some love the music.  Others marry into the church.  And some come because it’s convenient (there are some 7,200 Episcopal Church congregations in the United States, Europe, Haiti, and Central America).  No matter why people come, we like to think that we are a place of welcome.  Wherever people are on their spiritual journey, our parishes strive to receive them with joy, understanding, and warmth.  We don’t pressure people or force them to believe one thing or another.  Rather, our congregations tend to thrive by providing an atmosphere of open curiosity, allowing people to ask and answer their own questions.  We strive to let the Holy Spirit work.  And when we do this, we find many people choosing the Episcopal Church.

from THE EPISCOPAL HANDBOOK copyright 2008