St. Anthony on the Desert
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.
Our volunteers are our lifeblood at St. Anthony. From the lay pastoral care teams, St. Anthony Cares, who keeps in frequent contact with all our households, to teaching and leading our children and youth, volunteers fuel what is most important to us as a faith community. But this does not stop at our doors. Our commitment to our communities, both locally and nationally is propelled by our volunteers. From monthly (sometimes weekly) meals served at the East Valley Men's Center to working at local food banks, to providing knitted prayer shawls, hats and scarves, to our annual high school mission trip to repair homes, to our participation in Habitat for Humanity right here in the valley, we use our skills and passions for the utmost good. For the most up to date information, go to http://www.st-anthony.net/ways-to-serve.html. Contact Jill Kyler with any questions at email@example.com.
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.
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 the 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.
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.
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 hospitality. Our Welcome Team greets visitors as they arrive on campus, answers questions, provides Welcome packets and escorts them to the 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 http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/domestic-poverty-ministries.
12990 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85259-5305
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Global episcopal/anglican partners
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.