Anyone and everyone is welcome in our church. If you’re a newcomer, we’ve highlighted what you can expect, provided our basic contact information, and highlighted our long history.
You’re in the right place, if you…. are looking for a church to attend when you’re visiting the area. are looking for a new church home, whether you’re Episcopalian or not. just want to know more about us.
We are a part of the Episcopal Church in the USA and the world wide Anglican Communion (growing out of the Church of England).
The administrative divisions of the church are called dioceses, and we are in the Diocese of New Hampshire.
In the Episcopal Church, bishops are elected to lead and serve the people, and our bishop is The Right Reverend Robert Hirschfeld. Other clergy in the church are priests and deacons.
What to Expect
We know how uncomfortable it can be, walking into a new church for the first time. So, here’s what you can expect: Worship is held on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. We celebrate The Holy Eucharist, or Communion, and all are welcome to receive Jesus in the bread and wine. We use the Book of Common Prayer and the service includes music, led by organ and piano, which lends a very different ‘feel’ to the service. A very welcome coffee hour following the service.
Please check out the other pages on our website to learn more about us, such as our churches, our outreach programs – even our newsletters and photos. And (as Jesus invited the first disciples), please come and see for yourself.
A Brief History
The first known Episcopal services held in Lancaster were in the mid-1850s. The first recorded service was held on the evening of August 6, 1856 and conducted by the Rt. Rev. Carleton Chase.
St. Paul’s Church was built in 1876 and modeled after a small English Country church.
Today, St. Paul’s is one of the most photographed churches in New England. The interior has changed little over the years, with the original furniture still in use today. It has, however, been made fully handicap accessible by means of internal and external ramps, with access through the parish hall.