As Anglicans, our faith is founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ as transmitted through the Holy Scriptures, the Creeds of the ancient Church and the Sacred Tradition passed faithfully down to us from the Apostles. We are a parish of the Diocese of the Holy Cross in the Anglican Catholic Church.
We believe that worship is a powerful way to connect with God and experience His presence in our lives. The central act of worship is the Mass, where Our Lord meets us in the Sacrament of His Body and Blood. The Mass is augmented throughout the week with the Daily Office of Morning and Evening Prayer (Mattins and Evensong).
We offer a variety of ministries and programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. From our Wednesday Bible studies or our Christian Formation classes to our occasional Friday Night at the Movies, we encourage everyone to participate to the best of one's ability or opportunity.
Parish outreach is accomplished primarily through the efforts of the Lynne Kerwin Byron Chapter of the Anglican Church Women. Through various fund-raising activities, as well as through contributions to the ACW, the collected funds are then distributed to selected organizations at the end of the calendar year.
We understand Our Lord's Parable of the Sheep and Goats to apply to corporal acts of mercy performed by the Body of Christ. Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me (St. Matthew 25.40). To minister to those in need is none other than ministering to Our Lord Himself.
We also make a distinction between outreach and evangelism, while at the same time that they are linked, both in Scripture and in the history of the Church. Evangelism (a word which in the Greek means "Good News") is communicating the reality that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ [Messiah], "Very God of very God," sent to restore our relationship with the Father (broken as the result of our sin). We evangelize by both word and deed.
Outreach is "reaching out" to those in genuine need to address their temporal concerns within the limits of our resources and in accordance with procedures we have established. Together, evangelism and outreach facilitate parish growth, when done faithfully to the best of our ability, and imbued with God's grace.
The ACW seeks to raise funds through yard sales, fairs and the selling of baked goods. Donation of household items are always appreciated in advance of these events as well as volunteering to assist with the setup and breaking down of these events.
The Anglican Parish of Saint John the Baptist was formed in 1991 by former members of the Episcopal Church to carry on the worship of the traditional Book of Common Prayer, and to bear witness to the faith and practice of the undivided Church as received from the Church of England.
The parish is a member of the Diocese of the Holy Cross, a non-geographic diocese of the Anglican Catholic Church in full communion with the Anglican Church in America and the Anglican Province of America.
The parish has had a notable succession of rectors from the United Kingdom, Gibraltar and the United States. The current rector, the Rev’d Canon Jonathan J.D. Ostman SSC, was born in Thailand to missionary parents and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He undertook a business studies programme at the London School of Economics and has a Master in Divinity, cum laude, from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Anglican Parish of Saint John the Baptist is in everyday use and represents the very best of the Anglo-Catholic tradition. Mattins (Morning Prayer) is said daily at 9.30am and Evensong (Evening Prayer) is said daily at 5.30pm Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, Low Mass is said at 8am and the Sung Mass is celebrated at 10.30am. Feast Days throughout the year are celebrated with Mass at 6.30pm.
The building, which is now the home of the Anglican Parish of Saint John the Baptist, was built in 1848 in the Carpenter Gothic style of architecture for the Piedmont Parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. The one-and-one-forth acre cost a little less than $200 in those days and prominent citizens of Marshall put up the $2,500 it took to erect the building.
The church’s location made its use as a Civil War hospital - by both sides - inevitable. And during World War II, American Red Cross volunteers rolled surgical bandages in the Vestry room.
In the 1920's, the church was extensively remodeled in a Neoclassical style, complete with Doric columns and pediment, but still retaining elements of the original Gothic architecture in the interior.
In 1997, the Church sanctuary was renovated with the plain arch and pilasters covered with a faux marble treatment, giving the appearance of authentic stone even upon close inspection. The expanse inside the arch is filled with a Tudor pattern in royal crimson and gold, copied from the court of Henry VIIIth. The nave was left unadorned.
The dominant centerpiece over the altar is a replica of the Cross of San Damiano, the original of which hangs in a side chapel of the Basilica of Saint Clare on the mountaintop plateau of Assisi, Italy. It was in prayer before this cross that S. Francis of Assisi received the commission from Our Lord to “rebuild My Church.”
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Sat: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Sun: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM