There's something about St. Mary's Church that speaks to you. Maybe it's the stained glass windows and the bright red door, maybe it's the peace you feel as you sit quietly waiting for God to finally answer your prayers.
Or maybe it's the people. At St. Mary's Church, we take seriously our baptismal covenant: we seek and serve Christ in all persons, we love our neighbors as ourselves, we strive for justice and peace among all people, and we respect the dignity of every human being. Young or old, married or single, citizen or immigrant; whichever ethnicity, sexuality, gender, or political party you are; you are welcome to join in worship, faith, fellowship and action with us.
St. Mary's is a safe place. You come as you are and you leave better. It's a place where we care about people more than policies, where we value questions more than answers, and where people from all walks of life can come together to celebrate a life of thanksgiving. We're more than just a small church: we're also home to over a dozen support groups for those recovering from addiction and those who've been rejected from society. With our partners, we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, house the homeless.
St. Mary's is part of the Episcopal Church in the Anglican Communion (formed in 1549 and numbering more than 85 million people), and is a branch of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church dating back to Jesus. We are liturgical and sacramental Christians who believe in the power of God's inclusive love of each person, just as they are, to transform lives, cultures, and the planet.
As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we are following Jesus into loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships with God, with each other, and with the planet. We strive to practice the same radical hospitality that God demonstrates to us and to be a spiritual home for people from all walks of life, that is free of judgement and inclusive of all. Follow this link to The Episcopal Church official website for more information.
We are Christians, Disciples, Mothers, Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, and Friends.
We are St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
The first Episcopal Mission in Provo was founded with the Rev. George Townsend as the first Episcopal cleric in the area.
With only eleven members the church sanctuary was built and St. Mary's Church was founded. The bricks of the church were all second-hand discards from the local brick yard, and were acquired over many years as slowly the church was raised. Their unique colorings, shapes, and patterns are an apt metaphor of our electic community and of God's mysterious but beautiful work being done in our community. St. Mary's first community efforts included prisoner justice, the abolition of the death penalty, and racial equality.
Beginning in the 1960's the Episcopal Church began to develop a solid reputation as a progressive Christian denomination.
In recent years St. Mary's has continued to live out its progressive mission by supporting the ordination of women in the 1970's, and gay marriage since the 1990's, as well as a host of other ministries to those in need.
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