Who We Are: A Short History of St. Alban’s, The Episcopal Church at Theatre Arlington
Since 2008 we are the only Episcopal Church serving Arlington, Mansfield, and Grand Prairie. We use space at Theatre Arlington on Main Street in Arlington. As Episcopalians we seek to be a church which is wide enough to welcome, find value in, and affirm all kinds of folks: female and male clergy, gay, straight, young, old, married, single, conservative, liberal, rich, poor. All are welcome, as they are – without us needing to judge or change them. And, we do this in very concrete ways, not just inside the church but also in the community by tutoring and buying uniforms for kids at Crow Elementary, supporting the Arlington Night Shelter and Arlington Charities, and welcoming students and faculty from UTA.
Saint Alban’s was the first Episcopal Church parish to be established in Arlington; the first services were held on January 12, 1947, with sixteen people present. In the earliest days, services were held in private residences, at the First Christian Church, and even at a local dance hall, so our current home at Theatre Arlington feels suitable. In 1951 a church building was erected at 911 S. Davis Street. Episcopalians worshiped there regularly until November 2008, when the bishop, clergy, and delegates to the diocesan convention voted to leave The Episcopal Church, claiming ownership of the property on S. Davis.
Though sad to leave their lovely church home, many faithful Episcopalians were determined to continue the inclusive mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church. Worshipers from Arlington, Grand Prairie, and Mansfield established our current home at Theatre Arlington. We continue to be part of The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, the only diocese of that name recognized by The Episcopal Church. We are glad to gather at Theatre Arlington as The Episcopal Church in Arlington, and we know that wherever we worship, God is there with us.
We hope you will come and worship with us in our unique location, where we are reminded that we are called to be the church in the midst of the changes and drama of life. As we set up our altar each week, we recall that Christ has come into our midst, spreading his banquet feast, and inviting all to come to the table he has set before us. Our world view grows every few weeks with the changing theater set that frames our altar!
Explore some links to learn more about the Episcopal Church and about some of the people you will meet at St. Alban’s.
- We are Episcopalians. Listen to some Episcopalians speak about why they have chosen the Episcopal Church.
- What we believe. This will give you some of our basic beliefs.
- VISIT AND WORSHIP WITH US! This will tell you what to expect.