Saint Timothy's
Episcopal Church
Indianapolis, IN  USA


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We also believe ourselves to be Protestant, accepting the important reforms of the Reformation. These include a belief that the Bible is the work of God, that it contains all things necessary for salvation, and that God calls us to a form of church government which especially includes lay people,

Episcopalians believe that God is found in the Bible, in the Sacraments, and in the neighbor to be served. We give attention to developing mature followers of Christ, to the use of reason in matters of faith and moral decisions, and to participation of lay people in our worship. Having experienced the Holy Spirit leading us, we profess that any success Episcopalians have at being disciples who love and serve comes from that same Lord of Life. There are about 65 million Anglican Christians in 165 countries around the world. It has often been said that we are a bridge between the Roman and Protestant churches.

Through scripture, tradition, and reason, we seek to find and experience the Lord of Life in our life. We seek a life in which we discover the work which God in Christ has called us to in this day. The heartbeat of our life is found in our sacramental worship. The sacraments speak to us of God's initiative in our life.

As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.      

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    *** We welcome men and women, married or celibate, to be ordained as bishops, priests, and deacons.   

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St. Timothy's

St. Timothy's began as a mission congregation in 1958. It held it's first worship service in a barn on the property of the YMCA on Hanna Street. That congregation, drawn from both St. George's Episcopal Church and Christ Church Cathedral, was admitted as an organized mission in the Diocese of Indianapolis that. same year. In 1960, ground was broken for the construction of the first church building on the Thompson Road property.

The next several years were exciting ones which saw growth both in numbers, facilities, and especially in changed lives. By 1968, the church family had grown to the point that a new church building was necessary in order for the "family" to be able to worship together and grow together. The new church was completed in 1969 and St. Timothy's was admitted as a "parish" of the diocese in 1972. The congregation organized themselves into commissions of Liturgy, Outreach, Growth, Finance, Property, and Christian Education. The Bible was taught and preached, people were baptized, and disciples of the Lord were being formed.

St. Timothy's continues to grow, now as a suburban congregation, It still desires to know God, to teach about the Lord, and to lead persons in their journey of faith. Its success is due to the presence of the Lord of Life in all they do and to the power of the Holy Spirit in their midst. They have, as well, been blessed with the loving generosity of members willing to spend their time, abilities, and money for God and his work in and through this congregation.

St. Timothy's is a Eucharistic centered congregation. This means that our life revolves around our worship and our worship is a reflection of our life.

Today, St. Timothy's desires to love God and neighbor by making people His disciples, by baptizing and nurturing them in the family of God. In loving God and in doing His work, St, Timothy's finds Jesus to be present, just as he promised. We invite you to join us.

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What is the difference between the Episcopal Church and the Roman Catholic Church?

 
[Episcopal Life] Bishop C. Christopher Epting, the presiding bishop's deputy for ecumenical and interfaith relations, responds:

 

The Episcopal Church traces its history back through the Church of England, which broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th century over issues both political and theological.

The political issues included the papacy and how the church was to be governed. The theological issues were ones raised during the Reformation by theologians such as Martin Luther and John Calvin: the place of Scripture and tradition; worship in the language of the people; certain sacramental practices and understandings; and mandatory celibacy for priests.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion (at some 77 million, the third-largest Christian communion in the world). Anglicans consider themselves both Catholic and Protestant. They are Catholic in the sense that they retained much of the liturgical and sacramental understanding of the early church; Protestant in the sense of being a church always open to reformation and renewal.

They believe that baptism with water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit makes one a member of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. While affirming the "real presence" of Christ's body and blood in the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine, they have refused overly specific definitions of how this happens such as the Roman Catholic concept of "transubstantiation," which uses medieval philosophical categories to define a holy mystery.

Today the noticeable differences are these: In the Episcopal Church bishops and priests can be married; there is no centralized authority figure like the pope; lay people play a greater role in decision making; sacramental confession is optional not required; married couples are permitted to use responsible means of birth control. Because its national churches are autonomous, yet interdependent, decision-making in the Episcopal Church can appear “messier” than in, say, the centralized Roman Catholic Church. Some would say it also provides room for the fresh winds of the Spirit to cleanse and refresh!