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St. George's Episcopal Church

St. George's Episcopal Church | Growing in Christ's Love and Service | 5520 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton Ohio  45429 | 937-434-1781

What we believe

"The Christian hope is to live with confidence in newness and fullness of life, and to await the coming of Christ in glory, and the completion of God's purpose for the world."
-The Book of Common Prayer, p. 861

The Episcopal Church is:Window in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit

Part of God's One, Holy Church in the whole World!

The name of our church comes from the Greek word Episcopos which means "bishop" or "overseer." The leaders of our church are called bishops and we are called Episcopalians. All Episcopalians have bishops.

What Do We Believe?

Three important things show us the way to understand our God and our world.

  • The Bible -- We believe that God and God's people can speak to us through the Bible. All the things we need for a good life are in there.
  • Our Tradition -- We are a church with many old stories. Some of these stories connect us to Jesus and the things he taught us. Some of the stories help us understand what other people think about God and Jesus.
  • Thinking -- The Episcopal Church does not have a human-made set of rules for being God's people. We believe that in our life with God we should use our minds-we should think about the Bible, tradition and our own experience.


The church is not a building where people go to worship God.
The church is all of God's people.
God's people work in the world to help other people know about God's love for all people.

All of God's people do God's work. Some people are chosen to be leaders in the church. These people receive special training and education. They are "ordained." This means they have been chosen by God and by the church to lead. They are called deacons, priests, and bishops.
Other people do God's work every day in everything they do. They are baptized. This means that they are part of God's great family that we call the church.

Adapted from "Episcopalians", adapted by Robert H. Grindrod from Episcopales, published by Forward Movement Publications. Forward Movement Publications



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 6 June 2005