episcopal_welcomes_you_web Beliefs



Episcopalians find our unity in our common worship of God rather than a set of doctrines, as is the case in some other denominations.  The church encourages people to think for themselves and has room for a wide range of beliefs and spiritual practices.  Episcopalians have beliefs important for our faith and daily life that you will find outlined below.  If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact our pastor.  The following have been adapted from the website of the Episcopal Church.

The Bible

The Old and New Testaments are our foundation, understood through tradition and reason, containing all things necessary for salvation. Our worship is filled with Scripture from beginning to end. Approximately 70% of the Episcopal prayer book, the Book of Common Prayer comes directly from the Bible, and Episcopalians read more Holy Scripture in Sunday worship than almost any other denomination in Christianity.

The Book of Common Prayer

The Book of Common Prayer 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.


As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, and both our worship and our mission are in Christ’s name. In Jesus, we find that the nature of God is love, and through baptism, we share in his victory over sin and death.

The Creeds

We will always have questions, but in the two foundational statements of faith – the Apostles’ Creed used at baptism, and the Nicene Creed used at communion – we join Christians throughout the ages in affirming our faith in the one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit - who created us, redeemed us, and sanctifies us.

Holy Baptism

In the waters of baptism we are reminded that we belong to God and nothing can separate us from the love of God. We also find ourselves part of an extended family, one with Christians throughout the ages and across the world, what we call the “one, holy, catholic [meaning 'universal'], and apostolic Church.”

Holy Communion

It goes by several names: Holy Communion, the Eucharist (which literally means "thanksgiving"), mass. But whatever it’s called, this is the family meal for Christians and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. As such, all persons who have been baptized, and are therefore part of the extended family that is the Church, are welcome to receive the bread and wine, and be in communion with God and each other.

The Sacraments

Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace. Besides Baptism and the Eucharist (Holy Communion), the church recognizes other spiritual markers in our journey of faith. These include:
• Confirmation (the adult affirmation of our baptismal vows)
• Reconciliation of a Penitent (private confession)
• Matrimony (Christian marriage)
• Orders (ordination to deacon, priest, or bishop)
• Unction (anointing with oil those who are sick or dying)
These help us to be a sacramental people, seeing God always at work in and around us.

Spiritual Growth

The promises we make in our Baptismal Covenant remind us that we are imperfect, called by God to move deeper in our faith and make a difference in our world. We do so together as the church, always professing that we will live into our baptismal vows as followers of Christ, but always “with God’s help."

You can learn more about the Episcopal Church's beliefs about God, the church and the life of faith in the Profession of Faith.