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St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church was founded in 1936. When the first service was held on Christmas Eve, the congregation overflowed the seating capacity. St. Philip’s was built in Spanish Colonial architecture, similar to the Franciscan mission churches built in California over 400 years ago. Tucsonans John and Helen Murphey had asked architect Josias Joesler to build a private chapel for them at their home. Instead, he persuaded them to build a small church at the corner of two dirt roads: Campbell and River. This was also a dream of the Rev. George Ferguson, who was a temporary supply minister in Tucson. He envisioned a place where beauty dwelt, where the glory of God was exemplified, and where learning (for children, youth, and adults) was an ever-present part of people’s lives.

Although it has undergone several expansions as the congregation grew, the integrity of Joesler’s design has been maintained in the buildings. In the mid-1980s, a large multi-purpose room, a memorial garden, the east and west transepts and a campanile, which houses the carillon, were added. During the summer of 1998, a Children’s Center and Recital Hall were built.

St. Philip’s is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today St. Philip’s is a large, active parish known not only for its worship, music, and art, but also for its inclusiveness, its educational programs, and its outreach to the community. St. Philip's welcomes all people just as God created them, with no boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic condition, physical or mental ability.

Worship times

Sunday
7:45 am
English
Holy Eucharist Rite I with homily — Eucharist in traditional language.
Sunday
9:00 am
English
Holy Eucharist Rite II with sermon — Eucharist using more modern language, adopted in 1979. This service chooses more contemporary liturgical elements than the 11:15am.
Second Sundays
9:15 am
English
2nd Sundays — “Comfy Space” Service — Worship experiences for members of the Christian community who like to wiggle in church and for those who worship with them. Sermon activities, music, lessons, and songs designed to hold the interest of young persons while enabling family and friends to enjoy the presence of God in a relaxed worship setting.

Sunday
11:15 am
English
Sung Eucharist Rite II with sermon — Eucharist using more modern language, adopted in 1979. This service chooses slightly more traditional liturgical elements than the 9:00am, and includes the use of incense.
Sunday
4:00 pm
English
“Come and See” Service — A non-traditional, participatory liturgy with inclusive language, intended for those who are exploring their faith journey or those who are seeking a return to community within the church (held in the Music Center)
Third Sundays, October-May
4:30 pm
English
3rd Sundays, October-May — Choral Evensong — A contemplative and reflective service filled with gorgeous music and liturgy, rooted in one of the daily monastic services dating from medieval times (preceded by organ recital at 4 p.m.)
Sunday
5:30 pm
English
Holy Eucharist Rite II with intentions for Recovery from Addiction
Monday
12:15 pm
English
Holy Eucharist Rite I — Eucharist in traditional language.
Tuesday
10:00 am
English
Service of healing & reconciliation, with Holy Eucharist Rite II — A service incorporating the laying on of hands by the priest and anointing with holy oil.
Wednesday
12:15 pm
English
Holy Eucharist Rite I — Eucharist in traditional language.
Thursday
11:00 am
English
Holy Eucharist Rite I — Eucharist in traditional language.

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4440 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85718-6504
United States

Contact

LOIS BRITTON

PARISH ADMINISTRATOR

K.D. JOYCE

CURATE FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND EVANGELISM

Organized groups

Adult faith formation
Youth faith formation/Sunday school
Nursery
Lay pastoral care (e.g. Stephen Ministry, Community of Hope)
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)/Narcotics Anonymous/Twelve Step
Eucharistic Ministers/Visitors
Education for Ministry (EFM)
Daughters of the King
Choir
Bible study