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Meet our Clergy & Staff
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Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet
Frequently Asked Questions
How are you worshipping during the COVID-19 crisis?
We are excited to be meeting in person again. Worship services are at the following times:
- Sunday at 8:00 a.m.
- Sunday at 10:30 am
What's the Episcopal Church?
We are a liturgical (a set order of worship) and sacramental (Baptism and Holy Eucharist) church. Our heritage is from the Church of England brought to Virginia in 1607 with the settling of the Jamestown colony. We ordain both women and men to each office in our tradition and believe in the ‘real presence’ of Jesus in the celebration of Holy Communion.
We have been described as the Via Media (middle way) between the Roman Catholic tradition and the Protestant Reformation of the 16th and 17th century in Europe.
Traditionally Anglicanism (the global expression of our Episcopal faith) privileges ‘right worship’ over ‘right belief’. This means that the community, united by the life, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension of a fully human and fully divine Jesus, is formed by worship that informs belief rather than the other way around.
Certainty is not necessary for belonging nor is doubt a disqualification.
Are you LGBTQ+ friendly?
St. Thomas is a community that welcomes and affirms the rich variety of humanity. The first letter of John calls us thusly,
“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-9)
We accept all seekers of Truth, Beauty and Goodness to encounter the Good News of God in Christ Jesus. Taste and see if we might be a place for you and yours to grow in your faith and deepen your relationship with God, Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. We believe Christian community is a place where,
“The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” (Eph. 4:11-13)
Do I have to wear a mask?
Currently we are not requiring masks, but we are constantly re-evaluating the need for masking in our services. Please contact the Church Office if you have any questions.