The Church of the Holy Spirit
The Church of the Holy Spirit was founded in 1933 as a small but dedicated parish in the small town of Orleans, on the elbow of Cape Cod. The original structure was built from materials salvaged from a building wrecked in a hurricane earlier that year. Many additions and renovations later, our church buildings still maintain a warm, weathered individuality that generations of parishioners continue to cherish. While our footprint has grown significantly over the years, our sense of a warm, welcoming community has remained true to our roots.
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About The Episcopal Church
The Church of the Holy Spirit is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, which comprises 68,000 people in 185 parishes in eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the islands. We seek to be Christ’s presence in the world as we answer God’s urgent call together.
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. The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.
- We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
- 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.
- 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.