A mountain church...in the valley
St. Agnes' is located at the foot of beautiful Sewanee Mountain. We call ourselves "a mountain church in the valley" because of our incredible Sewanee Mountain heritage.
The history of this congregation is interwoven with the history of the various Episcopal institutions on the Mountain. St. Agnes' grew out of St. Mark's Guild - an evangelical organization founded at The University of the South in the 1870's. The tiny congregation was under the blessed ministrations of the St. Mary's Sisterhood at Sewanee and also by Sewanee's Otey Memorial Parish.
The congregation at St. Agnes' maintains a close working relationship with the Community of St. Mary, DuBose Conference Center, St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, Mid-Cumberland Mountain Ministry, and both the College and the School of Theology at The University of the South.
An English Church...in the USA
There's a noticeable amount of English culture and character at St. Agnes'.
Our church facility looks rather English. Through the years almost all of our priests have studied in England (and one was actually from England!). Some of the hymns we sing were first written and published in England. And who wouldn't notice that we serve English-style pudding on Christmas Eve?
The English-style culture and tradition we exhibit is rooted in a beautiful history. St. Agnes' is a member of the Worldwide Anglican Communion - a global church family of over 70 million Christians among 163 countries who share a common bond with the Church of England.
All churches in the Worldwide Anglican Communion trace our faith history back to the earliest days of Christianity.
A Traditional Church ...in contemporary times
St. Agnes' is a traditional church in every sense.
This congregation meets in a historic house of prayer and not in a theater or coffee bar.
We stand for singing, kneel for prayer, and sit for instruction. We have hard-back hymnals and Bibles in the pew racks.
You won't see any video screens, praise bands, special lighting or special effects during the service.
Our desire is not to create an attractive "worship experience", but simply to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth in the pattern of the church throughout the ages.