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St. Thomas Episcopal Church
1602 Harlan St
Falls City Ne. 68355
402-245-2868

                                                                                                                                                                                   Picture of Larry Parrish 

St. Thomas Episcopal is the only Episcopal church in Falls City, but it is by no means new. Located at 16th and Harlan,across from the post office,  St Thomas has been in essentially the same location since 1868. See the history link at the top of the page for more details. With such a long tenure, it is not surprising that our services have much of tradition in them, but our outlook to the future is  modern in concept but traditional in execution.
    The parishes of the Episcopal Church are regulated by a pastor (rector) and vestry system. The vestry is elected by the congregation, and they in turn locate and hire a rector    The Vestry is made up of a Senior Warden, A Junior Warden, and a number of vestry members. How many members depends on the size of the congregation. Our Vestry (left to right in back) are Larry Parrish (Pastoral Leader), Bob Drummond, Elizabeth Drummond, Tom Whitehouse, and Joe Wittwer (Junior Warden)  . In the front row are Kathy Davis and  Jack Cooper.  See picture..

    High Church Episcopal services resemble Roman Catholic in many ways. It would be difficult to tell the difference, especially early in the service. Episcopal churches embrace many different levels of formality however, the most formal and traditional being refered to as high churches, and the least formal being called low churches. Regardless of which type of Episcopal Church you visit, all baptized christians are welcome to participate fully in our Holy Eucharist service. Except in unusual circumstances, we have the Eucharist every week. Episcopal Priests are not required to be celibate, and most are married and raising families.

    St. Thomas participates in the Richardson County Ministerial Association, the food pantry, and other charitable organizations. We have an active outreach program that supports youth activities, libraries, charitable organizations, and occasionally individual people in need. We believe in the power of prayer, and have recently started a prayer service for anyone that needs it. See the prayer line link at the top of the page.

    St. Thomas is traditional in appearance as you can see from the photograph at the left. Our exposed beam and stucco sanctuary are right out of  old England. The beautiful windows have a history of their own, as you will see if you follow the history of St. Thomas link at the top of the page.

    The links at the top of the page will give you further information about St. Thomas and the Episcopal Church. We hope you will find yourself interested and drop by to see for yourself how beautiful a traditional church can be.