Welcome to The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Maitland, Florida. We are glad to have you visit our website and pray that you will be able to come and visit us in person so that we might greet you more personally.
The Episcopal Church is a national church that finds its roots in the dawn of Christianity in the British Isles. By some accounts Christianity was brought to England as early as 37 AD when the country was still part of the Roman Empire. Romano-British bishops are recorded as attending some of the very early councils of the Church in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. By the 7th century the scattered Christian communities came under the authority of the Pope in Rome through the evangelistic work of St Augustine of Canterbury who had been sent to England by Pope Gregory. By the 16th century the English church became autonomous and became known as the Church of England. The Bible (previously only available in Latin) and order for worship, called the Book of Common Prayer, became available in English. During this time worship services according to the Book of Common Prayer were held in San Francisco Bay by the chaplain to Sir Francis Drake (The Prayer Book Cross at the summit of Golden Gate Park commemorates the event). A few years later Book of Common Prayer services were held in the Jamestown Colony of Virginia.
After the American Revolution the Church of England churches scattered throughout the former colonies formed an American denomination that became known as The Episcopal Church. The Book of Common Prayer authorised for use in the American church was almost identical to the one that had been used since the 17th century in the Church of England. The Episcopal Church continues to maintain ties to the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury as a member of the Anglican Communion which comprises provinces and churches in 165 countries around the world. Because of our history those coming from Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Methodist traditions will find in our worship services some similarities to those they are familiar with.
The Church of the Good Shepherd was founded in 1883 (see the page on the Historic Chapel) and is a member church of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida under the godly authority of its bishop, the Right Reverend Gregory O. Brewer.
You will find us to be a caring community marked by the character of the One whose name we bear - The Good Shepherd. We are a culturally and demographically diverse community that cares for all within the sheepfold and goes out to care for and gather in those who have strayed or are lost.
Join us as we are being transformed by the unfailing love of Christ, through the preaching and teaching of the Word, through the ancient Sacraments of the Church, through the healing ministry of Christ, and through our corporate worship.
May God richly bless you this day and always,
In His Peace and Grace,
The Reverend Sarah L. Bronos, Rector
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
331 Lake Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751