The African Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas, the nationâ€™s first black Episcopal Church, founded in 1792, will commemorate 220 years of serving the faithful with two days of events celebrating faith and firsts.
On Saturday, November 17th, there will be a book signing and discussion of â€śThis Far By Faithâ€ť, the first complete history of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, and the Episcopal Church at large. Leading the discussion will be four authors of the book: Dr. William Cutler, III; Dr. David R Constosta; Dr. William Pencak, and Dr. Emma J Lapsansky-Werner.This event, which will be held in the Great Hall of the church, is free and open to the public, and will include activities for children ages 6 to 12.
On Sunday, November 18th, during the 10:00 a.m. worship service, The Right Reverend Barbara Harris, the first woman to become a bishop in the world-wide Anglican/Episcopal Communion, will be the guest preacher.
On Sunday evening, the weekend will end with a gala celebration including dinner and dancing at The Mansion at Drexelbrook, 4700 Drexelbrook Drive, Drexel Hill from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Limited tickets are available for $65 per person, and dress is semiformal.
Regarding the observance and celebration, the Rev. Fr. Martini Shaw, 17th rector, says, â€śTo God be the glory!!!! We give God thanks for 220 years of committed service and ministry. We continue to reflectively preserve our past, joyfully celebrate our present, and faithfully embrace our future.â€ť
The African Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas, founded in 1792, is a Christ-centered community of faith in which the Gospel is taught, lived and spread.