"Celebrating and sharing the love of God made known in Jesus Christ."
Our Mission Statement
St. Augustine's is a community of friendly people who share a commitment to progressive spiritual growth within a family environment. We welcome those who seek a closer relationship with God made known in Jesus Christ, and celebrate our call to love and serve others as Christ came to love and serve all.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does "Episcopal" mean?
Basically, it means a church with bishops. The word comes from the Greek episkopos, meaning "overseer." We are in the Diocese of Louisiana which covers the bottom portion of the state.
What do Episcopalians believe?
We believe in one God -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in respecting the dignity of every human being. We believe that there are three sources of authority: Scripture, tradition, and reason, with Scripture being the final authority. We believe that we walk the "middle way" (the via media) between Protestant and Catholic traditions. We believe that "praying shapes believing." We believe in striving for justice and peace.
What can I expect when I visit?
Expect a friendly and welcoming group of people who are glad you're there and eager to help you. You don't have to come with anything or pretend to be a certain person, just come as you are.
What is the service like?
The primary worship service of The Episcopal Church is Holy Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion, the Mass, or the Lord's Supper. At this service, we bless and share bread and wine. There are also Bible readings and prayers. Our Sunday service at St. Augustine's also includes hymns that we sing.
May I receive Communion at the Holy Eucharist?
Yes, absolutely! All baptized Christians, whether you're officially an Episcopalian or not, are welcome to receive Communion in The Episcopal Church and at St. Augustine's.
Do I have to receive the bread and the wine?
No, if you'd prefer not to have either the bread or wine, you can simply come forward at communion along with everyone else and fold your arms over your chest to receive a blessing.
How will I know what to do at the Holy Eucharist?
Like anything new, you may feel a little uncertain at the beginning. However, the priest will announce all page numbers and give instructions about what to do and when. You'll soon get the hang of it.