What we believe

St. Andrew’s Episcopal is a parish within the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. This means that St. Andrew’s is part of the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion, whose members trace their spiritual lineage to the Church of England. The principal places of worship within the parish are the main nave,and the adjoining chapel.

Anglicans, as members of the Communion are generally called, typically pursue God’s love and truth through Scripture, tradition, and reason. The Anglican ethos values patience and tolerance, and generous participation in the cultural life of the world.

We profess two creeds in the Episcopal Church: the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. The Apostles Creed is the ancient creed of Baptism. The Nicene Creed summarizes the beliefs of Christians.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not Episcopalian. Can I come to your church?
All are welcome, regardless of faith, creed, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age. Not to put too fine a point on it: all are welcome.

I have small children. Can we attend services?
By all means. St. Andrew’s is family-friendly, and your children may either remain with you during services or you may take advantage of Sunday nursery care. There are also a number of Sunday School opportunities.

How are you different from a Roman Catholic Church?
There are theological differences between the two churches – some subtle, some not-so-subtle. There are several key differences, though: The Pope is not the head of the Episcopal Church, although we recognize him as the head bishop of another branch of the Christian Church. In the Episcopal Church, women, as well as men, can be priests and bishops, and priests can also be married. Also, all Christians are welcome to take communion in Episcopal churches, not just Episcopalians.

Can Episcopalians believe whatever they want?
When the Church of England (which is the mother church of the Episcopal Church) was established in the 16th century by Queen Elizabeth, it was conceived as the “middle way” between Catholicism and the Protestant Reformation that was sweeping Europe. And so, the Episcopal Church traditionally has been a place where many points of view – and many questions – are welcomed as part of the life of faith. That faith is based on what we call the “three-legged stool”: Scripture, tradition, and reason.

Do I need to be baptized to take Communion?
At St. Andrew’s the clergy regularly invite all present to partake in Communion. If you have questions or wish to know more about Communion, one of the principal sacraments of the Episcopal Church, speak with any member of our clergy following a service or contact a member of the pastoral staff.

Can I get married in your church?
Every Episcopal parish has their own requirements for weddings. Premarital counseling is required by the canons of the Episcopal Church. In the case of a divorced person who wishes to remarry, permission from the bishop is required. Call the church office to get more details about requirements for being married at St. Andrew’s.

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