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 so much tradition in them.
Our outlook to the future is modern in concept but traditional in
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.
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 referred 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
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 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.