Why Parish

Even though it is not in common usage as it once was, it still accurately conveys the scope of our missional community involvement.  It causes people to ask the question: What is a Parish? The old word parish signifies a geographic region that the church serves.

It points to our identity and history in the Anglican tradition and captures our vision to live out our faith in the context of shared communal life. We seek to care for the souls of people in the geographic area surrounding the church. We know that not everyone who lives in range will call this church their particular spiritual home nor agree with every position the church holds. But that does not mean we live as separated social groups.

We seek to be a Christ-centered gospel community that participates in the Spirit’s transformation of our neighborhood, and the world.

Therefore, we seek to serve our neighbors regardless of whether or not they attend our worship services, and we cultivate community with those who do.

We thoughtfully and sympathetically engage with those who do not share our beliefs. We humbly welcome seekers and skeptics and honor their questions. It is no contradiction to do this and at the same time be faithful to God’s word. It is the scriptures of the Old and New Testament that shape and direct us.

 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7

The scripture and the Creeds together show us that God being is a trinity of persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God in three persons has an eternal communal life.