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St. George's was founded on the boundless enthusiasm of the Rt. Rev. John Hines, then a Bishop of Texas, later the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Gathering a small group of Episcopalians on what was the very north edge the city in 1950, Bishop Hines arranged for the purchase and relocation (under the cover of night, in a dash across the main runway of Austin's airport) of a surplus army chapel from Bastrop's Camp Swift onto property newly purchased by the young congregation.

In the early days, St. George's was served by such clergy as the Rev. Bill Brewster, simultaneously the founding headmaster of St. Stephen's School, and the Rev. Malcolm Riker (on his way to founding 11 Episcopal Churches, a record surely never to be surpassed in the Diocese of Texas). As the parish grew, new ministries developed in St. George's Episcopal School, a pre-school that is currently experiencing a quantum leap in dynamism, and St. George's Court, a senior housing community in northeast Austin.

In December 1989, St. George's became the first faith community in Austin to open its doors to the homeless on freezing winter nights.Click here to read more.

As we encounter the 21st century, the people of St. George's remain committed to ministries of outreach, hospitality, pastoral care, and other opportunities that call upon us to carry out our mission.

The mission of the Episcopal Church is:
To restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

This mission of St. George's is:
To worship God and share our faith through word, action, and service.


Core Values

Worship
As Episcopalians, we hold that how we pray and worship God is central to who we are and what we do. While the Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal are the central cohesive elements of our prayer life, we strive to provide a variety of worship services and approaches to assist all who seek a closer relationship with God.
Outreach
Helping those in need is at the heart of our understanding of the Gospel as we reach out to the larger community of the city, the nation, and the world.
Community
We believe that as church we become the body of Christ. Our goal is to build a diverse and inclusive community that recognizes the unique contributions of each member to bring about the greater good seeking to strengthen the bonds that join us in God's work
Acceptance
Our church encompasses people in different places on their journey of faith and understanding, including many who do not come from a Christian background. Aware that no one has all the answers, we seek dialog with people of other faiths to bring the Holy Spirit into a broken world.
Lifelong Learning
We think that faith, reason, and tradition are worthy of lifelong study. We believe that by following these paths of study we draw closer to God. We have found that the more that we know about our faith, the more God’s grace manifests in our daily lives and our interactions in the lives of others.


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