What is an Episcopalian?
Episcopal means "governed by bishops."  The Episcopal Church is a member of the Anglican Communion (churches in communion with the Church of England throughout the world), one of the largest Christian bodies in the world at nearly 90 million members; derived from the Church of England and sharing with it traditions of faith and order as set forth in its Book of Common Prayer. 

We are a church whose traditions are Catholic and Protestant, ancient and reformed, liberal and conservative.  In 1534, the Church in England broke ties with Rome but kept faith with original doctrine even though it was no longer controlled by Rome.

The Church of England came to America in 1607 with the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia.  During the Revolutionary War, the Anglican Church (Church of England) suffered due to anti-English sentiment -although many church members supported the revolution.  Eventually, the American church broke from the English Church to become the Episcopal Church in the newly formed United States of America.  Two-thirds of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were Episcopalian.  Some leaders of the new country such as George Washington, Patrick Henry and James Madison were also leaders in the Episcopal Church. Thus began the history of the Episcopal Church in America.  

Episcopal Church Links
Want to know more about The Episcopal Church?  Go to the national church website via this link:  The Episcopal Church 
For more on The Episcopal Church in Southern Ohio:  The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio
Worshipping in the Church Today
The central act of worship in the Episcopal Church is the Holy Eucharist. The sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is also called the Lord's Supper, The Holy Communion, the Mass, the Divine Liturgy and the Great Offering.  The Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday and enables us to share in Christ's sacrifice by receiving the holy meal of bread and wine that unites us with the risen Christ.  Episcopalians follow an order of service found in the Book of Common Prayer which contains the texts of public worship services, creeds and prayers, and private devotions.  The Book of Common Prayer has been in use for nearly 500 years.
The Episcopal Church is a church with few "musts."  That means that we are not a confessional church.  The Episcopal Church points out, but does not dictate, your response to God.  Instead, members are encouraged to use reason to explore and comprehend God's works; to make responsible moral decisions under the guidance of Scripture, the ordained ministry, and in response to sincere prayer.  This can be hard to understand for some people who desire "absolutes," and have difficulty living with "gray areas."  Think of it as "reconnecting your spirit without disconnecting your brain!" For more information, we invite you to worship at St. Philip's on a Sunday or stop by the church offices during the week to get to know us better. 


Clergy & Staff
Clergy and staff are most easily accessible during office hours, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Click here to send a message to St. Philip's Church Office
Phone: 740.474.4525


Fr. David Getreu, Rector
Laura Rocklin, Director of Music
Pam Smith, Parish Administrator