About Us

Welcome To Church of the Holy Spirit

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven

Our mission is to be a witness for Christ by spreading God’s word, creating a family that understands His teachings, and using their talents for His glory. We accomplish our mission through our commitment to ministry, discipleship, stewardship, evangelism, fellowship and engaging in spirit filled worship experience.

Church of the Holy Spirit was founded in 1886 through the generous efforts of Annie Lawrence Lamb. In the early years the impact of its work was local, specifically Mattapan, Milton and other parts of Boston. However, there have been many changes and influences over the years that now reflect a diverse community of our neighborhood, and our ministry has spread beyond the limits of Boston to overseas.

Our facility is used for church services and church functions, as well as various elder programs which includes the Mattapan Center in collaboration with Ethos and Kit Clark Elder Services; Youth with a Choice Tutoring program in collaboration with Youth and Family Enrichment Services, and a site for B-Safe program which is a summer enrichment program for youth, and sponsored by the Diocese.

The expansion of our facilities under Spiritco Inc., a subsidiary of Church of the Holy Spirit, includes economic development. In collaboration with Action for Boston Community Development Corp. (ABCD), the Mattapan Center for Life (elderly housing) and the Milton Jones Center which houses the Mattapan Service Center provides anti-poverty services to the community, including the head-start program.

It is with courage and trust in God that we embark on new initiatives in the future that will allow us to further God’s work for His honor and glory.

Our Beliefs

The Apolstles' Creed and the Nicene Creed are statements of our basic beliefs about God. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 851)

The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Episcopal Church

The beginnings of the Church of England, from which the Episcopal Church derives, date to at least the second century, when merchants and other travelers first brought Christianity to England. It is customary to regard St. Augustine of Canterbury’s mission to England in 597 as marking the formal beginning of the church under papal authority, as it was to be throughout the Middle Ages.

In its modern form, the church dates from the English Reformation of the 16th century, when royal supremacy was established and the authority of the papacy was repudiated. With the advent of British colonization, the Church of England was established on every continent. In time, these churches gained their independence, but retained connections with the mother church in the Anglican Communion.

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For more information about The Episcopal Church, please visit the Massachusetts diocese website click here or the national website click here.

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