Welcome to Nativity and Holy Comforter, an ethnically and theologically diverse faith community. We worship God together, serve others, ask difficult questions and have fun at the same time.
To remain viable, the Holy Comforter decided to sell its building and move a half mile north to join the Church of the Nativity, Cedarcoft. We entered into an innovative joint ministry and began worshiping together on All Saints Day, November 1, 2015. We now worship and minister together, enabling our community to more effectively carry out their ministries. Three years later we combined into one legal entities. Strengthened by the Holy Spirit, we believe we are truly better together. Come join the fun!
The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have entered into what is known as Full Communion, under which the denominations may worship together, may exchange clergy and share a common commitment to evangelism, witness and service in the world. Each entity agrees that even with their differences, there is nothing that is church dividing.
The Nativity-Holy Comforter agreement has been blessed by the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The Episcopal Church welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ, in 109 dioceses and three regional areas in 16 nations. The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
The mission of the church, as stated in our Book of Common Prayer, is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” The Episcopal Church has set Five Marks of Mission
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
Walking a “middle way” between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions, we are a sacramental (Communion & Baptism) and worship-oriented church that promotes thoughtful debate about what God is calling us to do and be, as followers of Christ.
We believe the Bible contains everything necessary for salvation. At the same time, Episcopalians believe that God has given us intelligence and our own experience, which we refer to as “Reason.” Based on the text of the Bible itself, and what Christians have taught us about it through the ages, we gather together weekly to come to an understanding of the stories of the Bible as they relate to our faith in a 21st century context. Nativity is a safe space to ask difficult questions.
We enjoy each others’ company. We like to eat together, and we do it a lot, starting with communion, a foretaste of the banquet being prepared for us in heaven. Christ is made known in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup. And yes, we also offer gluten-free bread every Sunday. All are truly welcome to join us at God’s table.
We know we are also called to make a difference in the world, to reach out to those who are in greatest need in our neighborhood and beyond. We give generously to those efforts with our time, our talents and our money.