Who We Are
We are St. Gregory’s, an Episcopal Church located in downtown Boca Raton. Our mission: Transforming hearts and community through Jesus’ love.
We are diverse in thought, traditional in worship, and dynamic in love—a church of the past, present, and future. We are a beacon of light shining on one of downtown Boca’s busiest corners, signaling that Christ’s message is alive and well in South Florida. We are more than 1,100 members strong and growing.
The vision of St. Gregory’s is a church thriving in God’s love in Jesus Christ and faithfully pursuing this mission by:
• Celebrating God’s love in worship that shapes hearts, challenges minds and renews lives.
• Sharing God’s love by caring for each other and all in need with the relentless compassion of Christ.
• Growing in God’s love through a commitment to Christian formation for all ages.
• Spreading God’s love with an unconditional welcome to all God’s children.
With this vision in action, our church is a source of spiritual sustenance for our congregation members and the greater community. We have more than 80 active ministry groups that deepen our fellowship with one another and foster our Christian faith. For us, church life is more than an hour in the pew on Sunday. It’s a lifestyle that revolves around Christ and one another. Learn more about our ministry groups.
St. Gregory’s is dedicated to serving others—as Christians, we believe service transforms us by revealing what Christ-like compassion means. We strive to make Jesus’ love real in the world by ministering to the poor locally and abroad, alleviating the suffering that is all too common in the world. Read about our service work and how you can get involved.
We are especially dedicated to our youth and teens, helping them become disciples of Christ and strong in their faith. Our vibrant Sunday School and Youth Group programs are just two examples of our commitment to the our children—click here to discover more.
Most of all, we are a church that is ready to welcome you. Join us this Sunday for worship and see why St. Gregory’s is diverse, traditional, and dynamic.
The Episcopal Church
St. Gregory’s is part of the national Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ and is present in 109 dioceses spanning 17 countries. The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, which is the gathering of Anglican and Episcopal churches from around the world. The mission of the church is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ” (Book of Common Prayer, page 855).
What We Believe: Simply put, we as Episcopalians believe in Jesus Christ, and our worship and mission are in His name. If you are just learning about the Episcopal faith, a great beginning text to read is the Baptismal Covenant, a catechism used at baptisms, Easter, and special occasions. The Baptismal Covenant is a question-and-answer version of the Apostles’ Creed (a foundational statement of faith in the church) and adds five questions regarding how we, as Christians, are called to live out our faith.
The Baptismal Covenant
Celebrant Do you believe in God the Father?
People I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Celebrant Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People 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.
Celebrant Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People 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.
Celebrant Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
People I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
People I will, with God’s help.
For a full exploration of the beliefs of the Episcopal Church, visit the national church’s website or contact our clergy here at St. Gregory’s.
St. Gregory’s History
A group of seven enthusiastic Episcopalians met in June 1953 to discuss establishing an Episcopal mission in Boca Raton. At their second meeting later that year, ten attendees reviewed Bishop Louttit’s preliminary steps necessary before submitting a formal application to start a mission. On December 1, 1953, twelve people met with the Bishop and by the next Sunday, The Rev. Earle Closson, a retired priest, held services for ten families in the old Boca Raton Lions’ Club building on Second Avenue. To set up and dismantle a chapel each Sunday morning following a dance the night before took some ingenuity. However, the challenge was conquered through the ecumenical effort of the Boca Raton community.