Welcome to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in downtown West Haven. We are the brown stone church across from the Town Green. If you like what you see here, come join us for worship and discover the real thing!
Our church is an Episcopal Church, a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Our tradition embraces both Protestant and Catholic spiritualities. We are a thinking church; we don't expect people to leave their minds at the church door. We prize scripture, tradition and reason. Our worship combines both conventional and more modern elements and is grounded in the celebration of the Holy Communion. Our members come from many different religious traditions and backgrounds. Wherever you are in your faith journey, you can easily find a home with us.
We are a diverse church: a wonderful mixture of young and not-so-young, traditional and not-so-traditional, racially and culturally mixed, life-long committed couples, single parents, and second marriages, cradle Episcopalians, newly-committed Episcopalians, and many from other Christian faith traditions seeking a deeper experience of Christ. When you visit the Church of the Holy Spirit, you will be our respected and welcome guest. You will not be singled out in an embarrassing way, nor asked to stand before the congregation nor to come forward. You will worship God with us. We firmly believe that everyone is created in the image of God and therefore deserves high respect and a warm welcome.
We are a church that believes in living our faith. All ministries within the parish offer opportunities for each member to find their own unique way to build healthy and life-giving relationships with each other, the community in which we live, the larger world around us, and thus with God. We strive to be the hands and feet of Christ. Our Outreach efforts include supporting the local food bank, sponsoring a DCF social worker and the children she serves, preparing and serving Sunday morning breakfasts at the local homeless shelter, offering overflow shelter and meals one week during the winter, and gathering care package items for men and women in the military serving overseas. We celebrate the interfaith diversity in our community with the continuing development of a strong friendship with the members of the Turkish Cultural Center of Connecticut and are members of the Interfaith Cooperative Ministries of Greater New Haven.
O God, who created all peoples in your image, we thank you for the wonderful diversity of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thanksgiving for the Diversity of Races and Cultures, Book of Common Prayer, 1979, p. 840
Church of the Holy Spirit 28 Church St. West Haven, CT 06516 203.934.3437 firstname.lastname@example.org