Welcome! Below you’ll find a bit about us, a schedule of our services, a few photos and videos, our contact information and more. Our goal with this website is to give you a glimpse into the life of our parish to help you feel comfortable enough to actually come visit us.
The beginning of our Orthodox Mission in Springfield dates back to 1978. The parish went through periods of activity followed by long lapses until 1989 when regular monthly services began with supply priests from St Louis and Kansas City. The frequency of these services increased to twice a month by 1994 as the congregation grew.
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Eastern Orthodox Christian Spirituality is, in simple terms, participation with God's saving grace through the everyday activity of life in communion with God. So for Orthodox Christians, "there is no separation between theology and spirituality, between dogma and personal experience, between faith and prayer. All of them form together a single, undivided whole." We call this undivided whole, Life in Christ. As Archbishop Hilarion said, "Faith is the path on which an encounter takes place between us and God."
At St Thomas Orthodox Church, that encounter is an on going and dynamic reality we want to share with you.
We are a pan-Orthodox group with members from virtually every Orthodox background as well as a number of converts. Please join us if you are visiting our area. And if you are relocating to Southwest Missouri, we extend an invitation to join our family.
(Are you a college student in Springfield? Check out our OCF chapter!)
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We are also helping to establish a mission in Rolla (orthodoxyinrolla.org):
St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church
4200 S Holiday Ave. Springfield, MO 65810