Our Church

St-Philip-AnacostiaOur Life Together

Worship:  Each week we hear God’s Word, celebrate Holy Communion, sing and pray together and depart renewed to serve all the week long.

Growth:  From toddlers, to Girls Scouts, to Youth Group, to Young, to Adults, to Parents, to Seniors:  We have programs for spiritual and personal growth.

Service:  We follow Christ by empowering and serving one another.  Come discover the joy of using your God-given gifts to make the world a better place.

Fellowship:  We like to have fun and to fellowship together – for lunch, with or families and for special occasions.

Healing:  Each of us is wounded; each of us needs to experience God’s healing love.  We pray for you and those you love.  A box for prayer requests is in the Church Sanctuary.

Our Mission

We, the congregation of St. Philip the Evangelist, confess a firm belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.  We will strive to grow in knowledge and love of God through the leading of the Holy Spirit, so that we can be reconciled to Christ and each other.  In understanding the call of Jesus to go and make disciples of all nations, we affirm that our mission is:

  • To seek and serve Jesus Christ in word and deed;
  • To go into the community and the world with the good news of Jesus Christ;
  • To be an instrument through which God heals and physical needs of our community;
  • To use our resources to respond to the spiritual social and physical needs of our community;
  • To use our resources to respond to the spiritual, social and physical needs of our community.

Come and see!  Our services follow the deep and peaceful liturgy of the Episcopal Church.  We combine traditional Church music with rousing Gospel settings.  You may see our liturgical Dance Troupe or our children’s Choir.  We welcome all worshippers to a Fellowship Hour after church for a repast.  Please stop by.

History of St. Philip’s

St. Philip the Evangelist was organized in 1887 by a group of Black Episcopalians whose call was “Doing Mission for Jesus in Anacostia.” They met in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Smith on Howard Road S.E.

On March 25, 1896, the Chapel of St. Philip the Evangelist, now in Douglas Hall on Martin Luther King Road, joined the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

In 1977, St. Philip moved to its current location on 14th and U Streets Southeast.
In 1999 – 2000 the premises were completely renovated then dedicated to the Glory of God.

In January 2001, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington permitted the Chapel of St. Philip to organize as a Parish. In January 2002, the Chapel was established as the parish of St. Philip the Evangelist Episcopal Church.

On April 15, 2002, the first Rector and Vestry of St. Philip the Evangelist Episcopal Church were installed by Bishop Jane Dixon.