The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church is a part of the worldwide Anglican
Communion. We trace our life and tradition to the time of the
New Testament through centuries of Christianity in England. We
believe ourselves to be Catholic. This means we hold to the essentials
of the Catholic and Apostolic faith, the Creeds, the Sacraments,
Holy Scripture, and the ministry of lay people, bishops, priests,
We also believe ourselves to be Protestant, accepting
the important reforms of the Reformation. These include a belief
that the Bible is the work of God, that it contains all things
necessary for salvation, and that God calls us to a form of church
government which especially includes lay people,
Episcopalians believe that God is found in the
Bible, in the Sacraments, and in the neighbor to be served. We
give attention to developing mature followers of Christ, to the
use of reason in matters of faith and moral decisions, and to
participation of lay people in our worship. Having experienced
the Holy Spirit leading us, we profess that any success Episcopalians
have at being disciples who love and serve comes from that
same Lord of Life. There are about 65 million Anglican Christians
in 165 countries around the world. It has often been said that
we are a bridge between the Roman and Protestant churches.
Through scripture, tradition, and reason, we seek
to find and experience the Lord of Life in our life. We seek a
life in which we discover the work which God in Christ has
called us to in this day. The heartbeat of our life
is found in our sacramental worship. The sacraments speak to us
of God's initiative in our life.
As Episcopalians, we are
followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and believe in the Father, Son and Holy
Church has members in the United States, as well as in Colombia, the Dominican
Republic, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti,
Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands.
*** We strive
to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to
the beginnings of Christianity.
liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions, and is celebrated in many
*** We welcome
men and women, married or celibate, to be ordained as bishops, priests, and
*** We believe
in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
*** Lay people
exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our Church.
Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the
*** We uphold
the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
*** We affirm
that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous.
Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny
the sacraments to those who have been divorced.
*** We affirm
that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience.
celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the
work of love before uniformity of opinion.
*** All are
welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.
St. Timothy's began as a mission congregation in 1958. It held
it's first worship service in a barn on the property of the YMCA
on Hanna Street. That congregation, drawn from both St. George's
Episcopal Church and Christ Church Cathedral, was admitted as
an organized mission in the Diocese of Indianapolis that. same
year. In 1960, ground was broken for the construction of the first
church building on the Thompson Road property.
The next several years were exciting ones which saw growth both
in numbers, facilities, and especially in changed lives. By 1968,
the church family had grown to the point that a new church building
was necessary in order for the "family" to be able to
worship together and grow together. The new church was completed
in 1969 and St. Timothy's was admitted as a "parish"
of the diocese in 1972. The congregation organized themselves
into commissions of Liturgy, Outreach, Growth, Finance, Property,
and Christian Education. The Bible was taught and preached, people
were baptized, and disciples of the Lord were being formed.
St. Timothy's continues to grow, now as a suburban congregation,
It still desires to know God, to teach about the Lord, and to
lead persons in their journey of faith. Its success is due to
the presence of the Lord of Life in all they do and to the power
of the Holy Spirit in their midst. They have, as well, been blessed
with the loving generosity of members willing to spend their time,
abilities, and money for God and his work in and through this
St. Timothy's is a Eucharistic centered congregation. This
means that our life revolves around our worship and our worship
is a reflection of our life.
Today, St. Timothy's desires to love God and neighbor by making
people His disciples, by baptizing and nurturing them in the family
of God. In loving God and in doing His work, St, Timothy's finds
Jesus to be present, just as he promised. We invite you to
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What is the difference between the Episcopal Church
and the Roman Catholic Church?
[Episcopal Life] Bishop C.
Christopher Epting, the presiding bishop's deputy for ecumenical and interfaith
The Episcopal Church traces its history back through the
Church of England, which broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th
century over issues both political and theological.
The political issues included the papacy and how the church
was to be governed. The theological issues were ones raised during the
Reformation by theologians such as Martin Luther and John Calvin: the place of
Scripture and tradition; worship in the language of the people; certain
sacramental practices and understandings; and mandatory celibacy for priests.
The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican
Communion (at some 77 million, the third-largest Christian communion in the
world). Anglicans consider themselves both Catholic and Protestant. They are
Catholic in the sense that they retained much of the liturgical and sacramental
understanding of the early church; Protestant in the sense of being a church
always open to reformation and renewal.
They believe that baptism with water in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit makes one a member of the one, holy,
catholic and apostolic church. While affirming the "real presence" of Christ's
body and blood in the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine, they have refused
overly specific definitions of how this happens such as the Roman Catholic
concept of "transubstantiation," which uses medieval philosophical categories to
define a holy mystery.
Today the noticeable differences are these: In the Episcopal
Church bishops and priests can be married; there is no centralized authority
figure like the pope; lay people play a greater role in decision making;
sacramental confession is optional not required; married couples are permitted
to use responsible means of birth control. Because its national churches are
autonomous, yet interdependent, decision-making in the Episcopal Church can
appear “messier” than in, say, the centralized Roman Catholic Church. Some would
say it also provides room for the fresh winds of the Spirit to cleanse and