St. Anthony on the Desert

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12990 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85259-5305
United States
Contact Person(s): 
Jill Kyler, Minister for Evangelism
Affiliations with Other Assets on Map: 
Episcopal Network Affiliations: 
Jubilee Ministries
Organized Groups: 
Adult faith formation, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)/Narcotics Anonymous/Twelve Step, Bible study, Choir, Education for Ministry (EFM), Godly Play, Habitat for Humanity, Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM), Lay pastoral care (e.g. Stephen Ministry, Community of Hope), Men's group, Neighborhood associations, Nursery, Preschool, Young adult group, Youth faith formation/Sunday school, Youth group
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Service Times: 

Weekly Services
8 am Sunday Morning – Are you an early riser? Join us for a more intimate service of Holy Eucharist with organ and cantor.

10 am Sunday Morning – This service time meets the needs of many families as we offer a staffed nursery as well as programs for children and youth. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated with gifted musical support from our choir and musicians.

Fourth Sunday – As the name suggests on the Fourth Sunday of each month (September through May), our 10 am service provides a special emphasis on children and youth. A bit more abbreviated liturgy incorporates a dramatic rendering of scripture by the St. Anthony Players drama team. 

Wednesday Healing Service – This noon day service combines prayers for healing with a celebration of the Eucharistic. This intimate service is held in our Chapel of St. Luke the Physician. The service includes a laying on of hands and prayers for those seeking healing for themselves or a loved one. (This service is on hiatus until August.)

St. Anthony on the Desert had its beginnings April, 1987, when we began meeting for worship in the Anasazi Elementary School. In February, 1988, worship began in a temporary building on our current location at 130th St.and Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale just adjacent to the Mayo Clinic. In July, 1989, we worshipped in our first permanent building on our campus. This space is now our Parish Hall that hosts our many events including educational, social and an-ongoing artist display that is changed several times during the year. Our present sanctuary and new education building were dedicated in October, 1998.

We primarily serve the communities of Fountain Hills and Scottsdale, with some members from the East Valley and beyond. In addition to our worship and continuing Christian education, we have a strong emphasis on outreach, locally, nationally and internationally. We have an active winter resident population contributing and participating in what they consider their "other" spiritual home.

What can you expect on a Sunday? We have two morning worship services on Sunday—8 am and 10 am unless a special worship service is planned such as for Christmas or our Annual Meeting. The 10 am service is popular with families as our Church School immediately follows the service.

Be sure to look for a member of the Welcome Team or an usher at the front door, because they’ll be looking for you. They will be happy to give you any assistance you might need. Stop by the Welcome Center just outside the church door to receive additional information about St. Anthony and to have your questions answered.

We celebrate Holy Communion at each service. All baptized Christians are welcomed to receive Holy Communion. However, if you do not wish to do so, you are invited to come forward for a blessing. Our worship services are about an hour long. After each service we host an informal coffee hour for a beverage and a bite to eat before you go on your way. This is where relationships have the opportunity to grow.

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of topics discussed at our Sunday Café that takes place after the 10 am worship service on Sundays in the Parish Hall. 

Other Community Groups: 
monthly exhibits by local artists; drug awareness and prevention programs
Global Episcopal/Anglican Partners: 
Our global mission includes a partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Shyira in Rwanda. In addition to funding the formation of two preschools, we began a cow ownership program in one village providing the women of the village an opportunity to feed their families as well as having milk to sell to provide for their families. This works as a pyramid of sorts, with any calves born being given to other women who qualified for the program. In 2014 and 2015, we provided tuition funds to ten women in Rwanda to complete two-year trade school courses that will enable them a livelihood as well as providing job opportunities for other women. Our Haiti Mission has included providing teachers' salaries in Leogane, Haiti, seed money for nursing school scholarships, outfitting computer lab destroyed by earthquake, rebuilding desks and benches on a 2014 9-day mission trip there by a team from St. Anthony.
St. Anthony Cares Ministry

A network of clergy, companions and pastoral care ministries working together to ensure that no one walks alone as they face the challenges and changes of life -- ministries such as Eucharistic visitors, funeral reception team, healing prayers, transportation, meals, needlecrafts, prayer chain and grief ministry. More details can be found here

Children's Ministry
The overall goal of the children's ministries at St. Anthony is to foster faith through stories, art and creative worship experiences in a warm and accepting atmosphere.
Professional  and consistent caregivers offer loving care and activities for our youngest worshippers birth to preschool. The nursery is located to the left as you enter church and available Sundays from 9:45-11 am and also at special services. 

Children’s Chapel 10 am
Children preschool through fourth grade gather in the Parish Hall just before the 10 am service Sunday mornings.They engage in hands-on exploration and open-ended questioning as they enter into the sacred Bible stories and parables. They rejoin their parents in church during the Passing of the Peace.
Gather and Scatter 11-11:15 am
Families snack together in the parish hall before children join their friends in the education wing for Sunday school programs.
Church School 11:15-12:15 pm (August - May)
Children are given the opportunity to reflect on the Bible stories and relate them to their daily experiences. They also participate in outreach projects in our church and the broader communities.

For more information, please contact Suzette Woods, our Children's Christian Formation Director.

Youth Ministry

Sunday Night in the Youth Room.

The schedule is as follows:
5-7 pm - Middle School (6th-8th Grade)
6:30-7pm - ALL Youth Dinner
6:30-8 pm - Senior High (9th-12th Grade)

St. Anthony Players is a drama team of students in 6th-12th grade.  Practice is in the Sanctuary after the 10 am service.  They read and study a scripture and create a dramatic version of it.  They perform various times throughout the year during the family worship service..  For more information contact Scott Woods.
Fourth Sunday of each month is Children and Youth Sunday, when our students take leadership roles in the 10 am service.  The children and youth help lead the service and also serve as ushers and greeters.  For more information contact Will Strong.
Acolytes students in fourth grade and older are invited to serve as acolytes.  For more information, please contact Janelle Liffiton.
Since 2001 our high school youth group has participated with yearly Group Mission Trips throughout the United States rehabbing, painting and building additions to homes of the elderly, disabled or improvished. These week-long triips have taken us coast to coast and border to border.
Hospitality Ministry

Our Hospitality Ministry begins before our guests ever reach our campus. An up-to-date and user-friendly website, a friendly voice on the phone, and easily-read signage from the street are just the beginning our our hospitality.Our Welcome Team greets visitors as they arrive on campus, answers questions, provides Welcome packets and escorts them to main door. Our ushers provide assistance regarding our worship service and assistance inside the church. After each worship service, refreshments are provided with an opportunity for us to welcome our visitors and to learn more about them.

Our Taste of St. Anthony team coordinates the making of edible invitations that are available several times a year for our members to use to invite others to worship, activities and events scheduled throughout the year.

Our Welcome Center is located outside the church entrance providing visitor information and staffed by a member of the Welcome Team. Our RSVP, please bulletin board is adjacent to the Welcome Center and provides a central location for information and signups for events and activities.

Approximately twice a year, a new member class is held based on the book Your Faith, Your Life led by Pastor Dorian Mulvey and Jill Kyler.


Jubilee Ministry - Center for Health and Reconciliation

Jubilee Ministries are programs of joint discipleship in Christ with poor and oppressed people, wherever they are found, to meet basic human needs, and to build a just society. For more information on Jubilee Ministries, please visit