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About The Redeemer

Church of the Redeemer is a large, vibrant, community-based parish. It has an extensive music program and dynamic educational opportunities for children and adults. The parish is comprised of persons of all ages who are committed to the centrality of worship, the nurturing of prayerful living, and the call of God that sends us out to the world to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. As part of the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion, Redeemer embraces the distinct Anglican vision of the “via media” (middle way): seeking common ground among a wide range of perspectives.

Visit the What We Believe page for more information about the Episcopal Church and our beliefs.

Help for your first visit

Whether you are new to this community or are returning after a time away, we are grateful that you have found The Church of the Redeemer. Our aim is to help you feel welcome!

  • Sundays during the school year, we typically have two services: 8:00 am and 9:30 am (our principal service). (Read about the differences in the service here.) We also offer varying services at 4:00pm Sundays (beginning in Ocotober) first Sunday-Evensong, second Sunday-Informal Eucharist, and third Sunday-Vespers. Please consult the worship schedule to confirm service times, as there are occasional variations throughout the year.
  • When you arrive, you will be greeted by our faithful volunteers who serve as greeters and ushers. Beore and after the 9:30am service, a member of our Newcomer Committee will be at the exit to answer any questions you might have. We encourage visitors to fill out a pew card and place it in the collection plate, sign our guest book on the podium near the church entrance, or fill out this online form so we can be in touch.
     
  • There is a large parking lot and additional street parking by the church. Please click here for a map and directions.
     
  • Worship is central to our life together. Click here to read last Sunday’s service leaflet.
     
  • Child care is provided for children 3 and younger on Sunday mornings from 8:30 to 11:30 am in the Nursery on the 2nd floor of the Parish House.
     
  • Children are welcome to participate in worship, and we hope their participation will nourish them as they grow. An annotated bulletin, especially appropriate for children in elementary school, is available from the Ushers. Younger children (3 years old through 3rd grade) may participate in children’s chapel during the 9:00 service, and will be invited to join the procession to the chapel before the sermon. They will return in time for the Eucharist with their families.
     
  • Following the 9:30am service, church school is available for Pre-K through High School grades. Our church school programs are Arc of Formation, a set of milestones designed to help participants discern how they are growing in their faith. Click here to read more about these Faith Development Milestones.
     
  • Similarly, Adult Forums meet after the 9:30 service in the Parish House. These engaging discussions about the intersections of faith and culture often feature guest speakers from the Philadelphia area and beyond. Coffee and refreshments are available. Click here to learn more about our current series.
     
  • For those who simply want to socialize or learn more about our parish life and ministries from other parishioners, please join us in the Parish House for informal coffee and refreshments at 10:15am. All of our post-service activities typically end at 11:00am.
     
  • The best source for information on all our ministries is our website (www.TheRedeemer.org) our Facebook page (RedeemerBrynMawr) and our Twitter feed (@TheRedeemerPA).


We want you to be comfortable in our community, and will do whatever we can to help you feel welcome here. Feel free to ask questions of anyone you encounter. Above all, please know how glad we are that you are here.

Read what new members of The Redeemer have to say
  • “The Redeemer...what a special place. We felt welcomed from the time we first came through the door. Then, the music...it inspires! The preaching is so very well done, it speaks to our intellect as well as to our spirit. A special place ...rare, in fact: we always leave The Redeemer both stirred and challenged to be better Christians.”
     
  • “Our children began singing in the children’s choirs, and that got us in the door. Since then, many things have kept us coming! The thoughtful and principled sermons, the introspection and unity fostered by the liturgy, the energetic adult forums, the spiritually and emotionally inspiring musical worship, and a growing sense of belonging to a greater community have all inspired us to attend The Redeemer.”
     
  • “I knew I wanted to find a place to attend services when I moved back to the area. I had a lot of change and stress in my life at that point and I felt so blessed to have The Redeemer to come to. People were friendly and supportive and generous right away and I’m so, so grateful for that.”
     
  •  “Church of the Redeemer does not have an ulterior motive. You won’t feel compelled to join a committee or teach Sunday School the moment you arrive. You will be allowed to walk through the doors on your own terms, take respite in the calm beauty of the sanctuary, and find nourishment for your heart, mind and soul. When you are ready, there will be plenty of opportunities to volunteer and serve, but these opportunities don’t overshadow the importance of individual and communal worship, of finding peace each Sunday in the midst of a chaotic world.”
     
  • “Come see for yourself what The Redeemer brings into your life. Get involved and volunteer. The adult forum runs the same time as children’s religious education, give it a try. Everyone is so kind and welcoming.”
     
  • “Be prepared to be surprised, nourished, and welcomed in many ways!”?


Read more Newcomer Profiles here.

A word of welcome from the Rector

Church means many things to many people.

The Church may be revered, or it may be disdained. In truth, it deserves both responses, for the church reflects the complexity of our humanness.

Church often brings to mind the practice of rituals, religious seasons and holidays, and Sunday observances.
These things represent us, but they don’t reflect the fundamental nature of who we are as the church or as the Church of the Redeemer.

Ultimately, we are those who strive to live from the perspective of the resurrection.

That’s no small thing.

Because in the light of the resurrection, we live in the direction of hope. We live without fear. We live within the grace of forgiveness, reconciliation, and the promise of community. We live with the confidence that all that is good and beautiful will endure. We live with the understanding that it is possible and reasonable to rejoice. Always.

At the Church of the Redeemer, we form our lives around three key opportunities: worship, fellowship, and outreach.

In worship, we open time and space in our lives for adoration and thanksgiving. We claim sabbath, which is time given; not time spent. Worship is the practice of recognizing the height of our humanity, in offering praise to God and peace to others. Coming to worship should always be characterized by the great anticipation that: Life could be like this.

Fellowship is more than friendship. It’s the joy of being together, free of deceit and free of the burden of having to keep up appearances. At its best, the Church is the one place where you are accepted not for what you have done but because God has already declared that we are all loved without limit. Life could be like this.

Outreach is our capacity to live “not for ourselves alone” but for the benefit of strangers, who we choose to embrace as friends when they could just as easily be no one to us. Outreach is a gift of the highest order, because it permits us to see in another something of the eternal. Life could be like this.

Come to The Redeemer and see what life can be.