Welcome, Inclusion, and Belonging

Statement of Welcome, Inclusion, and Belonging
St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish Church, Charlotte, North Carolina

Our parish vision is to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte. The mission of God’s Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

We uphold the full inclusion and belonging of all people in the life and ministry of our parish church. We affirm that our baptismal covenant vows to “seek and serve Christ in all persons,” to “love our neighbor as ourselves,” and to “respect the dignity of every human being” apply equally to all people, regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, or gender identity. Without apology or condition, we believe that all people literally means all people.

St. Peter’s was the first Episcopal Church in Charlotte, organized in 1834, and recognized as a parish in the Diocese of North Carolina in 1844. The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice, peace, and love; and carries out its mission through the ministry of all its members. Our parish avows to be faithful to the pursuit of the mission of God’s Church.

Continually, we pray, for the human family: O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — Collect for the Human Family, The Book of Common Prayer

Adopted by The Vestry, December 2017

Worship Times


8:00 a.m. Holy Communion in the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer (Rite I), including sermon, organ music, and hymns.  Childcare available.
10:45 a.m. Holy Communion in the contemporary language of the Book of Common Prayer (Rite II), including sermon, choral and organ music, and hymns.  Childcare available.
5:00 p.m. Choral Evensong on most second and fourth Sundays (September and May) and Holy Communion inspired by the Taizé, France community on third Sundays throughout the year. View the complete Sunday evening schedule.
*For detailed information about Sundays, visit This Sunday at St. Peter’s.


Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer, 30-minute service in the Chapel

Noon Holy Communion, 30-minute service in the Chapel

The Church Doors (Tryon Street) are open Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for private prayer, reflection, and meditation whenever the Parish Offices are open.

What We Believe and What to Expect

As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Episcopal Church has members in the United States, as well as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands.

We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person in keeping with our Baptismal Covenant.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.

Our liturgy (worship) retains ancient structure and traditions, is celebrated in many languages throughout the world, and offers a relevant experience for all who gather for the various services of our tradition.

We welcome men and women to be ordained as bishops, priests, and deacons.

We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.

Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our Church.

Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.

We uphold the Bible and worship with The Book of Common Prayer.

We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous.

Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.

We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience in conversation with a priest.

We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.

All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

Visit the Episcopal Church’s Visitor Center to learn more or for a more personal and broad look at Episcopalians, visit I Am Episcopalian. If you have any specific or general questions about what we believe or what to expect, please contact the Rector (Senior Pastor), The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher (704-749-6141, orencher@st-peters.org) or another member of the Clergy.

Directions and Parking

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 115 W. Seventh at N. Tryon Street Charlotte, N.C. 28202 704-332-7746

View a map.

Parking at St. Peter’s If you park in the TransAmerica Building parking deck you will receive a ticket which must be validated in order to exit without paying or you may get a special ticket “chaser” to use as payment. Both the validation machine and the ticket chasers are available in the reception area of the 7th Street lobby and in the tower entrance to the church. You may use either the 7th Street or 8th Street exits from parking deck. In case of difficulty, there is a call button on the ticket machine.

About Membership

General information about membership is below. We also encourage you to contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (704-749-6141, klauderbaugh@st-peters.org or the Rector, the Reverend Ollie V. Rencher (704-749-6141, orencher@st-peters.org), with specific questions. 

Are you interested in becoming a member of St. Peter’s?
If you are or were a member of another Episcopal congregation, were ever confirmed in an Episcopal Church, or are from another province of the Anglican Communion, you can transfer your membership. You are asked to provide the name and location of the church and approximate dates of your membership or, if you were confirmed there, the approximate date of confirmation, and we will send for a Letter of Transfer. If you are a member of another Christian denomination and were baptized with water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you may become a “baptized member” of St. Peter’s after providing your birth date and place and your baptismal date and place.

Are you interested in baptism for yourself and/or your child?
If you and/or your child have not been baptized, you are invited to speak with one of the clergy to arrange a baptism. Baptisms at St. Peter’s are administered during our regularly scheduled worship services on the feast days specified by the Book of Common Prayer (Baptism of Our Lord, The Great Vigil of Easter, Pentecost, All Saints’ Sunday) and once or twice during the summer months. Anyone baptized at St. Peter’s is a “baptized member.” Our children, youth and adult formation leadership can provide resources, classes, small groups and more to support and encourage all persons on their journeys to baptism.

Are you interested in becoming a confirmed Episcopalian?
Confirmation is an important sacramental rite in the church and is a step one can take to make a “mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by a bishop.” (Book of Common Prayer, page 412)  Those interested in being confirmed prepare by participation in seasonal Inquirer/Confirmation classes. These classes are facilitated by the clergy and lay leaders of St. Peter’s.  It is important to note that while any baptized person can become a member of St. Peter’s and bear a majority of rights and privileges, she or he is required to be confirmed or received from another Christian tradition in order to become a confirmed Episcopalian and serve in certain leadership roles. Many often attend Inquirer/Confirmation classes to explore what they may or may not have learned and often to reaffirm their faith. Inquirer/Confirmation classes are designed to provide an overview of the Episcopal practice of the Christian faith and prepare youth and adults to be confirmed, reaffirmed, or received by The Episcopal Church from other Christian traditions or religions.

What are the expectations of members of St. Peter’s?
The Book of Common Prayer says that the duty of all Christians is to “follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray and give for the spread of the kingdom of God.” The Episcopal Constitutions and Canons specify that to be a voting member of a congregation, one must, for six months prior to a parish election, be a regular worshipper at the parish and a regular contributor to the current expenses of the parish. Most members make an annual pledge of financial support to the operating budget during the annual fund campaign or at any time during the year. The Rector, Vestry and Annual Fund Leadership Team have adopted the biblical tithe as the goal and ask that each member adopt the same goal.  To make a pledge to our ongoing annual fund-raising efforts, you may pledge online or contact the Parish Administrator’s Office (704-749-6142, ldixon@st-peters.org).

What is a member in good standing?
A member in good standing is one whose baptism is entered in the parish register (through one of the means described above), who worships regularly and who is a contributor of record (by pledge or other identifiable contribution) to the general support of the parish. Members in good standing are eligible to serve on the vestry and vote at the Annual Meeting of the Parish.