Anglicans gather for
fellowship and service. Desmond Tutu, the Archbishop of South Africa, says, “Anglicans Meet.” We learn to be companions with one another
in a multiplicity of ways. We do this as we gather for church on
Sundays; as people who care for one another, who visit, who sing
together, who help when times are difficult.
We are a pastoral church.
The Anglican church begins its theology from its relationships with
other people. And as one Archbishop mentioned, our doctrine arises from
gratitude and joy in God, not out of fear.
We collaborate through invitation, not obligation.
Although the regular habits of prayer, fellowship, and service are
central to who we are as people, we recognize not everyone wants a
deeper spiritual life. As Episcopalians, we invite anyone to study and
practice the many spiritual gifts and practices our tradition offers.
The Episcopal Church has a deep literary inheritance. The Book of Common Prayer is
one of the primary gifts the church has given all of Christianity, not
just priests, but for the use of any person. It helps even those who are tongue tied or don't always have the sentiment to pray spontaneously. These words have formed and carried through millions when times have been tough.
Episcopalians live their faith in the world.
We do not distinguish easily between living life as a Christian only in a
Christian church, but believe that the church should foster fidelity in
their institutions of work and play. Because there are nearly a
million Episcopalians out there, we have an enormous, if unheralded,
impact in our communities. Our role: stay connected, keep steady, listen. We don't mind when life gets messy.
St. Barts was a mission in 1915, started as White Plains was beginning to grow as a city. We were started by members of Grace Church, which still is located in the center of town. We became a parish the following year, soon completing construction of our church in 1928. We have sought to serve God through fellowship, a strong music program, pilgrimages, and settling refugees. One of our previous rectors, the Rev. J. Norman Hall, served the national church in a variety of capacities, especially by bringing the contemporary 1979 version of the Book of Common Prayer to fruition.
Our church truly represents Westchester. We have young and older families, a few retirees, baby boomers, financiers and lawyers, bus drivers and race car aficionados. We are open to anyone who seeks to be transformed by the love of Christ, or is just looking for some new friends or an easy way to get involved in the community.
We love God, the creator, our Father,
the source of power in universe; we love Jesus, who teaches us that we
have plenty and enough; and we do this through the Holy Spirit, who
brings us together in reconciliation, saying to us "fear not" and "love
Are you ready?
Join us as a companion on this wonderful, difficult, yet joyful journey.