Our Mission: A Story That Inspires Us
Saint Patrick's is an Anglican Church that exists to glorify God by making disciples in Christian community for the sake of others.
This mission animates everything we do!
This is at the heart of the why we are named Saint Patrick's Church.
St. Patrick was the wealthy son of a clergyperson who lived in Roman Britain during the fifth century. Asa young man, he rejected the faith of his family and lived a wild life with his wealthy friends. When he was a teenager, raiders from Ireland kidnapped Patrick, took him to Ireland and sold him into slavery. For six years, he faced hunger, privation and nakedness as he served his master as a shepherd.
During his servitude, Patrick returned to the faith of his family. While he was alone in the fields, he turned to God and found solace through faith in Jesus Christ. After a number of years, Patrick received a vision from God that called him to escape and return to his home. By God’s protection, he returned home. In time, he sensed a calling to be a priest in the Church. During his preparation for this vocation, Patrick again heard God’s call. This time it was a call to return to the Irish and bring to them the message of God’s extravagant love revealed in Jesus Christ.
Patrick obeyed this heavenly voice and returned to Ireland as a Bishop to make disciples of Jesus Christ and organize communities of Christians throughout the land. Within Patrick’s lifetime, a multitude of faith communities were founded and within a few generations, the Irish people were converted from paganism to Christianity. The Irish or Celtic Church then sent missionaries all over Scotland , England and Northern Europe .
The Celtic Church was marked by a number of features that made it flourish:
A focus on founding deep communities of faith for outreach and service to the Irish people.
Intensive, intentional disciple-making through the liturgy, practical spiritual instruction and deep friendships.
A holistic faith that embraced all of creation as a means to understand and draw closer to God
An emphasis on mission and self-giving to the surrounding culture as central to the Christian life.
A wedding of the historic Christian faith with the forms of Irish culture.
The story of Patrick is part of the heritage of all Christians, but especially for Anglicans who trace their roots to the story of God's work in the British Isles. Patrick's story is an inspiration and model for us as a faith community. Our dream is to be a community of Christians who are being formed as radical disciples of Jesus and who are living our lives in light of God’s Kingdom purposes. We dream of being the kind of community where persons who are deeply disconnected from the average church can be welcomed into our midst and connect with God. We want to embody Christian discipleship in a meaningful way through our whole life – through our work and families as well as through artistry and craftsmanship. We also dream of being a base to send women and men around the nation and the world to multiply and grow churches.
May St. Patrick’s story guide us as we endeavor to live out God’s call for us as a church!