The Episcopal Church Welcomes You...
and at Holy Nativity that welcome extends to everyone! We are a parish of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, covering five counties and based in Philadelphia, and led by our Bishop The Rt. Rev. Daniel G.P. Gutierrez -- the second largest diocese in The Episcopal Church, USA (The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop), the official organization of the Anglican Communion in the United States. The Episcopal/Anglican faith embraces both catholic and Protestant tradition, tracing its roots to the earliest centuries of Christianity as well as to the ideas and ideals of the Reformation in England and Europe. While Episcopalians are diverse in every way, we share a corporate faith in a God whose unconditional love is embodied in the life, example and teachings of Jesus Christ, a love for well-crafted worship and music centered around Eucharist/Communion, a passion for justice and for caring for others in Christ's name, and an approach to the Bible and to life in faith which respects and incorporates scholarship, scientific inquiry, and individual conscience and differences.
We are followers of Jesus Christ serving the world.
We are followers of Jesus Christ serving the world. Holy Nativity got its start in 1978 as a mission church, aiming to be a less formal, family-friendly faith community. Our present church was built in 1988, and we obtained parish status in 2008. We continue to welcome and include people of all ages and backgrounds. We strive to nurture and inspire one another, and all whose paths we cross, to follow more deeply following Christ's great commandments to love God and all our neighbors. We do this through worship, fellowship, learning and growing in our faith, reaching out to those in need both near and far, and working to spread God's peace and compassion in our community and world.
Sundays at Holy Nativity
Worship is at the heart of all we are and do at Holy Nativity, and we do our best to make it possible for everyone to participate comfortably and meaningfully. We gather to hear and ponder God's Word, and to pray in song, words and silence, sharing our prayer concerns and our occasions for giving thanks to God. And most of all, we gather together around Christ's table, to share in the holy meal of bread and wine by which we are all fed, renewed and strengthened as Christ's people, to go forth and share the sustaining love of God every day of the week, and every moment of our lives.
Our Sunday mornings also include opportunities for our ongoing formation as Christ's people, including Sunday School for younger worshipers and Sunday Forums for both young and old on various topics, held on the first and third Sundays of each month. On most second Sundays our heart for serving is evident in our bringing food and preparing freezable meals after worship for home-bound clients of Aid For Friends, one of our several area outreach ministries. And of course, like Episcopal churches everywhere, we always offer coffee hour hospitality after church!
The Rev. Lisa Keppeler, Rector (215) 598-3405 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Murphy, Parish Administrator (215) 598-3405 email@example.com
Josephine Durkin, Preschool Director (215) 778-4803 firstname.lastname@example.org