We are a congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri and part of the Episcopal Church of the United States, a province of the Anglican Communion which has over 80 million members in over 160 countries. Anglicanism was introduced to this country by colonists and the first Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion, Mass) was celebrated in Jamestown in 1607. The Episcopal Church is a hierarchical church and is led by a Presiding Bishop. A diocese is led by a Bishop and assisted by a Council of both lay and clergy to lead the diocese. Within the diocese are various groups including parishes, missions, and other programs dedicated to being and bringing Christ to others.
We are part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ the Son of God and birthed on Pentecost Sunday by the Holy Spirit. Our roots can be found the First Covenant in the Old Testament. The Church, the Body of Christ has always been in reform. We find reformation contained as early as the Acts of the Apostles and Letters of St. Paul. Reformation continued throughout the history of the Church and even to today.
The Protestant Reformation was initiated in the early 16th Century by clergy and laity who wanted to reform the Late Medieval Roman Catholic Church. This resulted in a schism from the Roman Catholic Church. In England, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer was influential in the initial reform which was carried through the next century by other English reformers including Thomas Hooker.
The Episcopal Church is a combination of that one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ and early (through the 5th Century) reforms and developments in theology. We are both catholic and protestant at the same time. We celebrate seven Sacraments: Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation (Confession) of a Penitent, Marriage, Ordination of Bishop, Priest and Deacon, and Unction (Anointing); our primary worship on Sundays in Holy Eucharist. We also celebrate other forms of worship including Morning and Evening Prayer. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, not the words of God, that is, each word or verse taken literally, and must be viewed in its entirety.
We believe that all Christian Churches are part of the Body of Christ and all share in the love and grace of God.
More than our history, we are a Church that believes that God’s love is manifest in all of God’s creatures, that God loves each and every one of us completely and desires us to love God in return. We believe that all individuals, regardless of gender, race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or social background are God’s children and that Jesus Christ, both God and man came to earth to save all of humankind.
In the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration we welcome all who come and invite them to become part of our family in Christ.
Please check the section on the History of the Church of the Transfiguration.