St. John's Episcopal Church

St. John's Episcopal Church


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About Us

St. John’s Church was admitted into the diocese as a parish on April 14,1856, making it one of the oldest Episcopal parishes in Texas. Interestingly though, the first Protestant Episcopal service in Columbus was held in 1848 by missionaries.

The word “episcopal” refers to governance by bishops. The historic episcopate (bishops) continues the work of the first apostles in the Church: guarding the faith, unity and discipline of the Church, and ordaining men and women to continue Christ’s ministry.

We believe:

· the Holy Scriptures are the revealed word of God, which inspired the human authors of the Scripture, and which is interpreted by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

· the Nicene Creed is the basic statement of our belief about God.

· the two great sacraments given by Christ to the Church are Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.

· The teachings and beliefs of the Episcopal Church are articulated in an ''Outline of the Faith'' in our Book of Common Prayer

The Episcopal Church follows the “via media” or middle way in our theology and discussions because we believe that, whether or not we agree on a particular topic, we all are beloved by God and can have thoughtful and respectful discussions. There are no prerequisites in the Episcopal Church … everyone is welcome.