An Introduction to St. Michael’s

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St. Michael’s Parish is an Episcopal congregation that is called to live and proclaim the transforming love of God. Our members come from all faith backgrounds and all are welcomed here.

We are known as a premier center for music in the Litchfield Hills. Our own music program features an excellent choir, a handsome Steinway piano and an historic organ with 2,221 pipes.  St. Michael’s Parish is sought out by other musical groups as a concert venue due to our exceptionally fine acoustics and renowned reputation. We are proud of our beautiful English neo-Gothic church with its beautiful stained glass windows, including several designed by Tiffany studios, lavishly carved English oak choir stalls and pulpit, and a triptych mural on the high altar painted by H. Siddons Mowbray

A vibrant Church School is offered on Sunday mornings, beginning at 9:40a.m. and two Bible Studies on Wednesday mornings. The Rector also offers adult education classes on a variety of topics on weekday evenings.

We have volunteers who work at the Torrington Soup Kitchen on Saturdays every other month. We support Hands of Grace, a ministry of the Lutheran church in New Hartford, with donations of food, clothing and household goods. We have special collections to support the Litchfield Social Services office, the Litchfield Chore Service, The Litchfield Community Services Fund and other groups serving local needs.

As a congregation of The Episcopal Church, we have direct links to the historic Church from its beginnings to the present. As Christians we follow Jesus of Nazareth, who is alive and who is God in human flesh. The Book of Common Prayer forms the heart of our worship. We are part of the Protestant tradition in that we emphasize the reading of the Bible by everyone, and we strive always to worship and communicate in ways that are easy for people to understand. We are also part of the Catholic tradition in that we maintain the three orders of Bishop, Priest, and Deacon, and much of our worship is based on the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions as well as those of the Protestant reformers. We value the life of the intellect and enjoy asking questions more than giving answers. When it comes to inquiry in matters of faith, nothing is out of bounds.

Above all, we strive always to respect and love one another as children of God. We uphold each other in prayer and support each other when needs arise. We are a community that finds its unity in our experience of God’s love and grace.

How to Find and Contact St. Michael’s

Please visit the Contact Us page for how to find us, for phone numbers and email addresses, for a map, and to email us directly.