Frequently Asked Questions
The Episcopal Church (TEC) is the United States-based member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. It is a Christian church divided into nine provinces and has dioceses in the United States, and several other countries around the world.. The current Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is Michael Bruce Curry, the first African American bishop to serve in that position. The church was organized after the American Revolution, when it became separate from the Church of England. The Episcopal Church describes itself as "Protestant, yet Catholic". The Episcopal Church is an apostolic church, tracing its bishops back to the apostles via holy orders. The Book of Common Prayer (BCP), a collection of traditional rites, blessings, liturgies, and prayers used throughout the Anglican Communion, is central to Episcopal worship.
English worship happens at 11:00 am.
All visitors are welcome to take communion, no matter what their faith background is.. Those who prefer not to receive the elements are welcome to cross their arms and receive a blessing.
If you are looking for a church that welcomes you as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning person, St. Athanasius Episcopal Church invites you to check us out. We are conveniently located in Echo Park, just off the 101 freeway near downtown LA.
As is true in many businesses, there are “gay” and “gay friendly” churches. Saint A is a gay friendly church in the sense that we don’t make a big deal about being gay. LGBTQ people are simply welcomed as they are, and are invited to participate fully in the life of the church. In the congregation some are single, and others are married. Some are younger and some are older. Some are economically comfortable and others struggle to make ends meet. All of us are on a path to understand life and God better, and everyone is welcome, wherever they are on that journey. We invite you to journey with us.
In the Episcopal Church there is no exclusion from any office due to gender or sexual orientation. There are bishops, priests and deacons who are male and female, gay and straight. We have been on the forefront of the struggle for justice and equality, even as we acknowledge that we have not always been a unified voice. It is still a challenge to be part of a sexual minority in the U.S. St. Athanasius offers support in the midst of the challenge.
Check out the rest of this website to learn about our life together, and the opportunities here for worship, education, outreach and socializing. We are available for weddings, funerals, counseling and advocacy. We look forward to meeting you and serving you, as you join us in serving others. Again, welcome!
There are two Bible Studies each week - one on Sundays at 12:30, following the English Eucharist. At that study we go deeper into the texts from the morning, and discuss implications of the sermon. On Wednesdays at 6:00 PM we are currently studying the Gospel of Mark chapter by chapter. In both studies we examine the history of the texts and their interpretation. We also offer retreats and trainings for specific ministries throughout the year.
Outreach is important at St. A. We provide food for about 300 families each Friday at our food bank. We also serve meals to people in the community each Wednesday in the parish garden. We offer free laundry once a month through our Laundry Love program, and serve food to seniors once a month as well. We are also about to open a help center for immigrants in collaboration with IRIS (Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service). Click here for more detailed information.
Pastoral and Worship - The Reverend Frank Alton and the Reverend Yein Kim.
Food Bank - Francisco Torrero
Transforming Hunger - Sally David
Laundry Love - Dolores DeAngelis
Senior Warden - Grant Power
There is secure, covered parking underneath the church. There are instructions on the keypad outside each gate. There are entrances on Echo Park Ave. and Laguna Ave.
Talk with the contact person listed on this website for any group you want to join. If you have doubts, speak with one of the priests.
Children are always welcome at St. Athanasius. While there is currently no Sunday school during the English service, children are welcome in worship.