Welcome to St. Titus’ Episcopal Church

St. Titus’ is a warm, welcoming community of folks who strive to follow Jesus. Founded in 1885, we are proud of our roots as a historically Black congregation. Today we are just as proud to be a diverse community where absolutely everyone is welcome. We invite you to explore this website to learn more about us. And, when we’re able to gather in person again, we hope you will visit, either for a worship service or for one of our other activities. We’d love to have you join us on the journey.

Grace and peace to you,
Rev. Stephanie

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

St. Titus’ is a diverse and growing community committed to walking with Christ by serving others, pursuing justice and welcoming all.

OUR VISION STATEMENT

God dreams for St. Titus’ to be sacred ground where all of God’s children experience the unconditional love of Jesus. In faithful response, we will offer Spirit-filled worship where people from diverse backgrounds encounter God. As an intergenerational community, we will deepen our faith through sharing scripture, Christian tradition and our own experience. We will be open and authentic with one another, and respond to the needs of our neighbors with compassion and creativity. Our passion for God’s justice and peace will compel us to become agents for social, political, and economic transformation. St. Titus’ will be Beloved Community.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

In response to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, all of our services will only be available online. We are temporarily suspending all in-person services. See our service times below, along with links to join our online services. If you have questions or concerns please contact St. Titus’ rector, the Rev. Stephanie Yancy, at st.titusrector@gmail.com.

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP

Sunday at 10:30 am – Online service of Holy Eucharist Rite 2 (contemporary language).

Wednesdays at 6:00 pm – Online Evening Prayer

Click here to access an order of service.

Make a Donation

Please continue to support our ministry during this time when we cannot be together. The needs both within St. Titus’ and in our community continue. Click the button below to make an online donation, or you  may mail a check to the church. Thank you.

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The Reverend Stephanie Yancy Announces Retirement

Dear St. Titus’ members and friends:

I told the Vestry earlier today of my plans to retire. My last day as your rector will be January 31, 2022. I’ve chosen this date for several reasons. My first day as your vicar was February 1, 2015. When I leave, I will have completed exactly seven years as your vicar at first and now as your rector. Seven is a good biblical number! My decision was also influenced by the Reimagining Curacies program. I wanted to wait to leave until after Deacon Mawethu was ordained as a priest. That will happen on December 11. Now, even if you have to wait a short while for the right interim rector to arrive, you will still have a full-time priest on staff after I leave. Most important of all, after much prayer and discernment, I believe this is the time when the Holy Spirit is calling me to move to the next chapter in my life and ministry.

The Spirit is also calling you to a new chapter, St. Titus’. As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, this is a good time for you to start the process that will lead to calling a new rector who will bring fresh ideas and a new vision. During my time with you I have been impressed by your faithfulness and your resilience.  Those gifts will stand you in good stead as you move into the future God has planned for you.

Serving as your priest has been one of the great privileges of my life. I am incredibly grateful for what God has allowed us to accomplish together. We have welcomed new members and grown in financial stability. We have deepened our relationship with the surrounding community and proclaimed our solidarity with those who are oppressed. We have served as an internship site on many occasions and mentored several young people as they discerned calls to ordained ministry. We were chosen to participate in the Reimagining Curacies program and have been blessed with two gifted curates. And, last but definitely not least, in 2019 we moved from mission to parish status. Glory!!

When I leave at the end of January the pastoral relationship between us will end. That means it will no longer be my role to officiate at baptisms, weddings, or funerals for anyone affiliated with St. Titus’ or to serve in any way as your priest or pastor. I will continue to live in Durham so I expect that I will see some of you from time to time, but when I retire, I will withdraw from the life of the parish. It is important that I step away so that you can begin to establish a healthy relationship with your next priest. Although I will no longer be your priest, know that you will always be in my heart and in my prayers.

I’m sure you have questions about what happens next. Bishop Sam Rodman and Canon Catherine Massey, the Diocesan Transitions Officer, will work with the Vestry to determine next steps in the transition. The Vestry will share that information with you. There will be opportunities to give thanks for our shared ministry and to say goodbye before I leave. But first, we’ve got Advent and Christmas to prepare for, ordinations to celebrate, and more than our share of blessings for which to give thanks. Here’s a prayer for the days ahead:

“Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20, 21)

Faithfully,
Stephanie +

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Solidarity Statement

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?
–Langston Hughes

Racism, deeply embedded in the psyche of America, has been allowed to exist for far too long in our country. For over 400 years, People of Color have been subjected to systemic and systematic deprivation of basic human rights guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

St. Titus’ presentation to the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina during the 2019 diocesan convention, when we were welcomed back to parish status.

When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful.

-Ashanti 

-Ethiopian Proverb