We are a constituent member of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church in the United States. Our 77 parishes and missions total some 31,000 baptized persons who share an exciting pilgrimage of ministry. On any given Sunday, about 13,000 people worship in Episcopal churches in Southwest Florida.
We extend along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, with our northernmost congregation in Brooksville and our most southern on Marco Island. We include the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Fort Myers. Our easternmost congregations are in Plant City, Arcadia and LaBelle.
As a diocesan community we seek to live out Jesus' Great Commission that we should be in the world to make disciples of all people ministering God's redemptive gifts of love and grace. "Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded." Matthew 28:19-20a.
Last year, churchgoers didn’t get palm leaves on the first day of the Christian Holy Week. This year, although social distancing is still in place, the scene inside Church of the Redeemer is a far more traditional one.