The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church is home to 72,000 people in nearly 200 congregations in cities and towns throughout eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands.  Our congregations make up our diocese, and our diocese is part of the wider Episcopal Church, which in turn is part of a larger, global community of Anglican Christians.

In the Episcopal Church there is room for your questions about God, faith and the church.  If you are looking for a Christian community that will nurture your spirit and celebrate your gifts, there’s a place for you here.

Our Mission as the Episcopal Church in eastern Massachusetts is to be a community that is

  • Inviting:  Showing one another how God’s love crosses boundaries of race and class, generation and language
  • Forming:  Working, studying, praying and giving in order to grow in faith
  • Sending:  Encouraging one another to take our faith into our daily living
  • Serving:  Sharing God’s love, justice and peace through our words and action, at home and throughout God’s world

Come and see.

Our church is grounded in an ancient heritage that finds contemporary expression in worship and service that are alive to the realities of daily living in today’s world.

Shared worship and prayer.

We come together weekly to praise and thank God, to hear God’s word and  to pray for ourselves and others.

Our services tell a story and act it out.  As Jesus invited us, we gather, as around a family meal table, with bread and wine, to celebrate his risen presence and to be renewed and strengthened for the work God gives us to do.

Shared leadership.

Everyone participates in the worship, ministry, leadership and governance of the Episcopal Church: lay people from all walks of life; women and men who are ordained to serve as priests and deacons; and women and men who are elected and ordained to serve as our bishops.  Lay people, clergy and bishops make us the representative governing bodies of our church and together determine its policies, programs and budgets.

Shared service in the world.

We gather together as a church and we are sent to be that church in the world.  Our worki n the world is reflected in our daily lives and our many ministries: with children and families, with your adults and elders,  with those who are hungry, homeless, poor, sick or in prison.  We are called to minister in places of need in our cities and to work together to bring about social and economic justice, at home and abroad.