St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, an organized presence in Evansville since 1836, has services on Sunday (8:00 AM and 10:30 AM) and Wednesday (12:05 PM). All are welcomed!
What We Believe
The Episcopal Church (TEC) is the United States-based member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. It is a Christian church divided into nine provinces and has dioceses in the United States, Taiwan, Micronesia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, as well as the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and the Navajoland Area Mission. The current Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is Michael Curry, the first African American bishop to serve in that position. St. Paul’s is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. In 2013, the Episcopal Church had 2,009,084 baptized members, of whom 1,866,758 were in the United States. In 2011, it was the nation’s 14th largest denomination.
The church was organized after the American Revolution, when it became separate from the Church of England, whose clergy are required to swear allegiance to the British monarch as Supreme Governor of the Church of England. The Episcopal Church describes itself as “Protestant, Yet Catholic”. The Episcopal Church considers itself to be apostolic, as it teaches that its bishops can be traced back to the apostles via holy orders. The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is the United States version of the collection of traditional rites, blessings, liturgies, and prayers used throughout the Anglican Communion, and is central to Episcopalian worship. Learn more about The Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, the Annotated Constitution & Canons by White and Dykman, and the Revised Common Lectionary.
The theological tenets of the Episcopal church are found in two separate sections of The Book of Common Prayer, which is used during worship services and other occasions. The first section is “An Outline of the Faith – commonly called the Catechism.
- The belief and practice of the Episcopal Church is that all baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion.
- God loves his creation and he loves each and every individual.
- In worship, education and service to others, the congregation of St. Paul’s seeks to praise God for his love, mercy and presence, which we find in other people, every day events, worship and the Lord’s Supper.