Get to Know: The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, University City
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion is a vibrant parish with a rich history of building community within its congregation and the community at large.
Holy Communion was founded in 1869 by a group of 23 congregants who met in a brick schoolhouse near downtown St. Louis. As the city’s population grew and moved westward, so did Holy Communion. In 1936 the parish purchased land at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Delmar Boulevard, its current location.
The Rev. Mike Angell is the 13th Rector of Holy Communion and says the parish has become known for its diversity, its work for justice, and its outdoor signs. “I hope our parish is known as a place people can come when they want to make a difference in their own life or their neighborhood,” said Rev. Mike, “because we believe Jesus leads us to transform our world.”
That transformational work includes:
- Children’s formation: Godly Play takes place online and in the park during the pandemic.
- Adult formation: A Pilgrimage class helps newcomers learn about the Episcopal Church; Theology on Tap offers topical speakers in a casual atmosphere; The Forum presents online conversations about faith and life; and small group gatherings offer weekly Bible study and faith sharing opportunities.
- Laundry Love: Holy Communion members help neighbors in need get their laundry done
- Parish Food Garden: Members grow greens to distribute through the Webster-Rock Hill Ministries to help feed the hungry.
- Grace Gathering: This new worship community is a space for individuals who are neurologically diverse.
Church Name: The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion
Address: 7401 Delmar Blvd., University City
Email: [email protected]
Sunday Worship Services:
- 8 a.m. - Holy Eucharist (no music)
- 10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist (with music)
- 4 p.m. - Outdoor service, once a month in Mooney Park (weather permitting)
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion is a welcoming and diverse community seeking to walk in the way of Jesus and to reveal Christ’s reconciling love in our city, nation, and world.Clergy
- Rector: The Rev. Mike Angell
- Associate Rector: The Rev. Julie Graham
- Priest Associate: The Rev. Marc Smith
- Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Average Attendance: 167