ABOUT St. Paul's
Growing in faith, together
Established in 1892 in downtown Southington, St. Paul's Episcopal Church is a Christ-centered community that offers space for spiritual growth, fellowship, and seeking God's justice in the world.
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We welcome and affirm people from all walks of life!
We celebrate differences in gender identity or expression, sexuality, disability, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, marital or familial status, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, status as victim of domestic violence, weight, size, height, and genetics.
We are a caring, inclusive community centered in the Eucharist and grounded in the Gospel.
As followers of Christ, we believe that we are called to serve as Jesus' hands and feet in the world.
Jesus taught, "Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me" (Matthew 25:40).
Rev. Helena began her call at St. Paul's during the COVID-19 crisis in September 2020. She's passionate about biblical interpretation, disability activism, mixing metaphors, and owning more books than she could ever read. She lives in Hamden with her devoted spouse, charismatic daughter, and chaotic dog.
Why St. Paul's?
We're a vibrant community of various ages, views, and walks of life—working together to figure out how to follow Jesus in a complicated world.
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
The Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) consists of all the Episcopal churches in the state. The diocese is governed by bishops, an annual convention, a council, canonically required committees, and the Constitution and Canons of ECCT and of The Episcopal Church.
As a church in ECCT, St. Paul's participates in God's mission: the restoration and reconciliation of all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.
In the World
We Episcopalians believe in one, holy, undivided Trinity; God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, God's only son, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.
We have a legacy of inclusion. People of all genders can serve as bishops, priests, and deacons. Ordained leaders can choose to get married or not, and to have children or not. Leadership can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.
THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION
The Anglican Communion is made up of 38 regional and national churches, each of which maintains its own autonomy while remaining in communion with one another.
As members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we Episcopalians are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church. As part of the Anglican Communion, we are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.
There is no central Anglican authority, such as a pope or "confession of faith" that must be signed.
There are four Instruments of Unity around which the Communion is centered:
Archbishop of Canterbury (in England)
Anglican Consultative Council