St. Mary's Episcopal Church

An Open-mided and Vibrant Faith. Genuine Service to Others. Real Community Anchorage, AK
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Who We Are

A vibrant , welcoming, growing inter-generational church made up of members from numerous and diverse faith traditions, and some from none at all. We are an inclusive community of faith, deeply engaged in the city of Anchorage, the state and diocese of Alaska, and in mission partnership with sister churches in Malawi, Africa. We have programs of lifelong learning for all ages, nursery through elders. Our main Sunday services are at 9am (with choir and pipe organ) and 11:30am (with jangly guitars). Children's Chapel, Sunday School, Fellowship and study groups, Youth Activities, and much more! At St. Mary's, all are welcome, and all means ALL!

About Us

Vibe
Creative, Down to Earth, Spirit-filled, Friendly, Progressive, Gay affirming, Inclusive, Multigenerational, Young families, Young, Lots of kids, Traditional Liturgy

Programs
Community Service, Social Justice, Faith and Work, Addiction/Recovery, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Youth Group, Choir, Missions, Yoga/Meditation, Nursery, Adult Education, Food Pantry, Preschool

Music
Traditional Hymns, Contemporary, Blue-grass, Organ

Denomination
Episcopal

Networks

Size
Large

Language
English

Founded
1954

Plan Your Visit

Services

Contact

Address
2222 E Tudor Rd
Anchorage, AK 99507

Phone
907-563-3341

Website

Directions
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Our Services

What are services like?
If you come from a background in what is called the "liturgical churches", (Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, etc, ) the worship service will seem very familiar. But really, its not important what page you are on; we just invite newcomers and visitors to be open to the Spirit of God moving among us as we gather in Christ's name, seeking to better grow in faith and follow Jesus together as a diverse and multi-faceted community. After the main Sunday morning services, we have coffee (and tea) fellowship, and Jesus Java, (our youth-run Expresso stand) is open for your caffeinated delight. At our services, we hear two or three readings from the Bible, listen to a (usually!) thought-provoking sermon by one of our several clergy, sing together, and celebrate "Holy Communion" or "the Lord's Supper" , and all are invited and welcome at the Lord's table..

What is the community like?
We are: vibrant and welcoming multi-faceted not all alike young and old male and female in our leadership of many racial and national backgrounds, (although predominantly white) gay, straight, and lesbian married and single with kids and without doubters and disciples the broken, the sinful and the lost the healing, the wandering, and the redeemed reaching out to the community around us often funny, sometimes ridiculous never dull seeking to find and be found by God and growing together in our understanding of what it means to follow Jesus

What if I'm not a Christian?
If you are not a Christian, or are uncertain about what "Christian" really means, you will find a non-judgmental community here, that welcomes you with open hearts and open minds you will find support, friendships, good conversation, and encouragement as you walk your own path in your own way and time of choosing... If you have been wounded by Church in the past, we can offer you a place of healing on the road to joy... Life Gets Better. Grace Happens. and God is good -- all the time!

Leadership View all

Michael Burke

Michael Burke

The Rev. Michael Burke, along with the pastoral and program team of The Rev. Dr. Ted Cole, Jr, and Rev. Sara Gavit, welcome you to St. Mary's. Michael graduated in 1995 with a Masters of Divinity with distinction from Colgate Rochester Divinity School / Bexley Hall, He has previously served churches in New York, is married to Nancy Burke, a social worker with the AK Mental Health Trust, and together they are the parents of a teenage daughter and college-aged son. They are partial to Dalmatians.

What Members Say Add your voice

  • St. Mary's says all are welcome...and they actually mean it. Questions are encouraged. Individuals and diversity are celebrated. Everyone's path is their own and that is respected. Liturgical basically means lots of ritual, which is comforting to some and intimidating if it's your first time through the door. It doesn't take long before it becomes familiar and no longer intimidating. Despite the liturgy, St. Mary's doesn't take itself too seriously. The Praise Singers at the 11:30 service are the BEST! I am so thankful for this faith family!
  • I love St. Mary's because it has been my road back to church and a faith community. After years of feeling driven away from church because it seemed to me that many churches spent most of their energy being fans of Jesus and not followers (that line is not mine, but I really like it). Here at St. Mary's we try to follow Jesus and live as he did by example. We have a very active food pantry, welcome all persons, work in our communitiy to help those less able to help themselves and offer a helping hand and words of encouragement. After church I always feel more connected to God and that we are all a part of something far greater then ourselves.
  • I love st. Marys because I feel t home here. I am welcomed with open arms any time I am able to attend, and when I am not, no one looks askanse at me. I am acceptable just the way I am, whether I am walking well or stumbling about struggling with balance issues. My gifts are appreciated and used. Everyone is a valued part of every service and program. This church is full of love and acceptance. You can be boisterous or shy and still fit in perectly and feel right at home; be a lay reader or sit quietly in the back, You are still one of 'us' and everybody knows your name. If they don't they just ask.(maybe many times if they have the memory problems I do). We care for each other because He first cared for us.
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