We are a group of Episcopalians who are continuing with The Episcopal Church under the leadership of our Priest-in-charge, the Rev. Michael Shaffer. We are part of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. We are a diverse group of believers who find strength in being together at the table and then going into the world to share God's love.
We began meeting as the West Ashley Episcopalians on March 10, 2013. We have since named our parish St. Francis Episcopal Church, held a parish meeting, elected a vestry, supported our community through outreach, and held worship services! We were made a mission in The Episcopal Church in South Carolina on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the 223rd Annual Diocesan Convention. After 5 years of worshiping at Stuhr's West Ashley Chapel, we are excited about our next chapter with our friends at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church.
We welcome all to our Holy Eucharist Rite II service and other activities. Holy Eucharist Rite II means that we serve communion each week and follow the more contemporary liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer. Children are an active part of our service and we encourage you to bring your children into the service with you.
In The Episcopal Church, we strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person. Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages.
Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops. 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. Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church. 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.
We 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. Francis Episcopal Church
Founded: March 10, 2013
Mission Status: February 22, 2014
Denomination: The Episcopal Church
Diocese: The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina
Mission Statement: St. Francis Episcopal Church invites all to celebrate a joyful relationship with God, spread the Gospel, and serve those in our community.
The Right Reverend Gladstone Adams, Bishop
The Rev. Dr. Michael Shaffer, Priest-in-charge
Dr. Chuck Lippy, Organist
William Thornby - Sr. Warden