Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
Established in 1882 and built the following year, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church is one of the oldest historically African American Episcopal Churches in North Carolina. The mission of Saint Michael is to provide for the spiritual growth of children, adults, and the community by proclaiming God's good news and living it.
St. Michael and All Angels started as a mission chapel in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1882. For this purpose, land at the corner of Mint and Hill Streets was purchased by the Diocese and the church cornerstone was laid in 1883. The founding of this beloved church sprang from the generous and progressive spirit of the Rector, Reverend Joseph Blount Cheshire (later Bishop of the North Carolina Diocese), and as few prominent parishioners of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. More than 125 years ago, in an era preceding Plessy vs. Ferguson, Jim Crow and the American experience of the Civil Rights Movement, concerned citizens worked together across racial lines to establish a dynamic ministry. The strong spiritual fiber of the Charlotte Episcopal community was apparent through the work of this coalition of visionaries who sponsored the establishment of St. Michael. Reverend Charles C. Quinn, mentored and guided Reverend Cheshire, served as the church's first priest.
As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Episcopal Church has members in the United States, as well as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands. We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person. The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity. Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages. Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops. We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting. Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church. Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church. We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer. We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced. We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience. We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion. All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.
THE CONGREGATION OF SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS is temporarily holding worship services at Trinity Episcopal School 750 East 9th Street Charlotte, NC 28202. Join us for Eucharist every Sunday morning at 10:30 am. This a temporary stop in our journey to build our new church home! Within these walls, you will find a caring and warm community, opportunity for personal reflection and meditation and the presence of God. All baptized Christians are invited to receive communion at St. Michael's. Anyone may come forward to receive a blessing. Children are invited to participate fully in our worship. We invite you to partake in the manner to which you are most accustomed. During Communion, if you wish only a blessing from the priest, cross your arms over your chest while at the altar rail.
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