The mission of the Church of the Holy Apostles is to nurture a sacred community that embraces all, inspires faith, and creates leaders who reach out in Christian service.
We would like to extend a special welcome...
We would like to extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, partnered, LGBT, filthy rich, dirt poor, or struggle to speak English. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, thin as a rake or could afford to lose a few pounds.
We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti or can’t carry a tune in a stainless steel bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woke up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury or haven’t been in church since little Jack’s baptism or Uncle Fred’s funeral.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up far too fast. We welcome soccer moms and football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians and junk food eaters. We welcome those who are addicted – whether in recovery or not. We welcome you if you’re having problems, you’re down in the dumps, or are suffering in body, mind or spirit. We extend an especially warm welcome to those who don’t like ‘organized religion’ (don’t worry, we’re not that organized.)
If you blew all your money on the horses, you’re welcome here. We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work or can’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as a kid, or got lost finding the beltway off I-95 and ended up here by mistake. We welcome tourists and locals, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts and hardened ones
… and you!
- We embrace all
- We inspire faith
- We create leaders
- We reach out
Whether on Sunday morning or any other event, we endeavor to find ways to say, “we love you”, and “you are welcome here” to newcomers and long-time members alike. We welcome people and families of all ages and configurations by offering ministry, learning, and worship that everyone can participate in. We love the sounds of crying infants and seeing wiggly toddlers in our sanctuary as it proclaims new life and another generation who will learn to love this world boldly. We proudly invite members of the LBGTQ community into the full life of our congregation, and we offer support and refuge to anyone seeking justice and acceptance in the world. We find ways in which those of limited capacity due to illness, disability, or addiction can participate in our mission, loving everyone for who they are, where they are, while challenging each other to grow in Christ Jesus.
We offer the opportunity to experience and participate in beautiful and exuberantly joyous worship every week, partaking in Holy Communion to be reminded both of the intimate connection we share with all other people in creation, and of our call to be the body of Jesus Christ working in the world. We also encourage each of our members to grow in faith beyond Sunday worship by participating in our many study and fellowship opportunities including our bible studies, adult formation, youth group, and seasonal events, just to name a few.
Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that God creates leaders and we make it our business to offer those leaders opportunities to contribute and grow. We expect, as a fruit of growing discipleship, that all of our members will take on some leadership role within the community, whether this means taking on a worship ministry as an usher, a reader, or singing in the choir, a behind the scenes role on the altar guild, cooking a monthly meal for the local homeless shelter, joining the vestry, or any of the dozens of ways we all serve to make this church a loving Gospel community.
We offer numerous opportunities through our various outreach and service ministries to reach out into the world beyond our walls in solidarity, love, and charity. Just as important though, it is our hope that each of our members are able to tell the story of how this community is supporting them and equipping them week-by-week to reach out into the world on behalf of Christ in their own daily lives.
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