History

CHURCH HISTORY

We are truly an international congregation, with parishioners from nearly 40 countries attending services at Holy Faith.  We find the native Floridian to be the minority here, but it doesn’t matter, we are all God’s children.  We have some twenty-six ministries in our congregation, and are working toward more.

There are three Sunday Services each week.  We have a Rite I service at 8:00 a.m. with music and a Rite II service at 10:00 a.m. with music and choir. Both these services are conducted in English.   We have a Rite II service with music and choir conducted in Spanish at 12:00 noon.

The 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon services are followed by a coffee social hour in the Parish Center

A group of like-minded Episcopalians met in July 1964 to discuss the feasibility of a Church, and contacted the Diocese.  Soon the Mission of Holy Faith was in place, with services at  the Port St Lucie Marina located on a little island on the St. Lucie river off Prima Vista Boulevard,   The Reverend Marland W. Zimmerman was the first vicar. In 1967 three acres of property was purchased on US Highway One to build the first church building and parish hall which was named for the first Senior Warden, Walter V. Harrison.  An existing building on the property was refurbished and became the Rectory.  The first service of Holy Faith Episcopal Church at its permanent home was held in December 1967.

Over the years we expanded our original building, added an extension to the parish hall and a columbarium, situated at the south side of the Church.  Later we also added a parish center to accommodate our pot-luck dinners, and a place for social events both Church related and for lease to Community Service organizations.

In 1998, with the help of the Diocese, we started a Spanish language service.

In 2001 three acres of land were added to the existing church property and although that property has not yet been developed, our Vision Committee anticipates future growth on that property.

We are a welcoming and nonjudgmental congregation, striving to make all visitors feel welcomed, inviting them to share in the words, love, and the body and blood of Jesus Christ.