Who We Are
to serve christ in all creation
Episcopalians have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to share and to exemplify God’s love for every human being. We pride ourselves in valuing and affirming all of God's creatures. We are proud to have male and female clergy; to offer a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQIA+) people to practice their faith; and to offer ministries and fellowship for members young or old, married or single, conservative or liberal, and from all socioeconomic backgrounds.
All are welcome, as they are – without judgment.
Community outreach includes tutoring and buying uniforms for Crow Leadership Academy students; supporting the Arlington Life Shelter, 4Saints Food Pantry, UTA Food Pantry; and welcoming students and faculty from UTA.
OUR BELIEFS ARE SUMMARIZED BY THE APOSTLE'S CREED
WHICH SERVES AS THE CORE OF OUR BAPTISMAL COMMITMENT
"I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of Heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting."
history and location
St. Alban’s was the first Episcopal parish established in Arlington. There were only 16 in attendance at the first service on January 12, 1947. In those earliest days, worship was held in private residences, the First Christian Church, and even a local dance hall — which makes our current home at Theatre Arlington feel like a perfect fit.
In 1951, a church building was erected at 911 S. Davis Street. Episcopalians worshiped there regularly until November 2008, when the former bishop, clergy, and delegates to the diocesan convention elected to leave The Episcopal Church, claiming ownership of the property on South Davis.
Though sad to leave their lovely church home, many faithful Episcopalians were determined to continue the inclusive mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church. Worshipers from Arlington, Grand Prairie, and Mansfield established our current home at Theatre Arlington, as part of Episcopal Church in North Texas. In 2022, The Episcopal Church in North Texas reunified with the The Episcopal Diocese of Texas . We are glad to gather at Theatre Arlington as The Episcopal Church in Arlington and we know that, wherever we worship, God is there with us.
Since 2008, we have been the only Episcopal Church serving Arlington, Mansfield, and Grand Prairie. We meet at Theatre Arlington.
We invite you to worship in our unique location, where we are reminded that we are called to be the church in the midst of the changes and uncertainties of life. As we prepare our altar each week, we are reminded that Christ is in our midst, spreading his banquet feast, and inviting all to the table he has set before us. Our world view grows every few weeks with the changing theater set that frames our altar!
AN OUTPOURING OF GOD'S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND GRACE
Baptism is the beginning of a journey that not only calls us to be personally reconciled, but also to be agents for reconciliation with God with one another and with the world around us. With God's help, we promise to:
Continue in the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers
Persevere in resisting evil and, whenever we fall into sin, to repent and return to the Lord
Proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ
Seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves
Strive for justice and peace among all people
Respect the dignity of every human being.
Book of Common Prayer
LITURGICAL FORMS, PRAYERS, AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMMON WORSHIP
With some similarities to a hymnal, the Book of Common Prayer guides our worship, allowing Episcopalians to speak with one voice as we walk as pilgrims towards the God who loves each of us as well as the whole creation. Through this unity of voice, we can reflect the glory of our diversity. The best way to understand our beliefs is to experience them.
AN OUTLINE OF THE FAITH; A POINT OF DEPARTURE FOR DISCUSSION
Overall, Episcopalians enjoy great latitude regarding belief. Churches vary widely in their approach to holy scripture, with worship ranging from elaborate rituals to informal gatherings focused on prayer, reflection, or a walk through a Labyrinth. The Catechism is a great starting place for those seeking to more fully understand the faith of the Episcopal Church.