Who We Are
St. Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church is a diverse community of children and elders, families and singles with an array of sexual orientations and gender identities. We are made up of lifelong Christians, interfaith couples, converts, seekers and questioners.
We believe that God loves you just as you are and doing what you’re doing, and that Jesus calls all of us into deeper relationship with God.
Everyone is on a journey, growing into God with all the twists and turns, steps backward and forward and around the bend. We embrace the paradox of knowing and not knowing at the same time, honoring the mystery of God in our worship and in our everyday lives. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey you are welcome here.
I came to St As at odds with my cultural upbringing. I was awestruck to find a spiritual home that reconciles my rational, scientific self with my faith. I am allowed to question my relationship with Christ as opposed to having it dictated to me. In doing this I have been pulled into a deeper relationship with the community and God.
Our doors are open to couples interested in having one of our priests marry them, whether the couple is church-going or not. We welcome interfaith, same-gender and people who have been previously married. Our only requirements are that: at least one of the two be baptized (in any Christian tradition): and we do several sessions of premarital counseling together to explo…Read More »
Babies, children, and adults, are joyfully invited to be baptized here! When we welcome you into a new life in Christ through baptism you become a part of the worldwide and eternal Body of Christ, the community of Christians worldwide. Our clergy prepare teens and adults for their baptisms and there is also simple preparation for parents and godparents. Once baptized, we invite a…Read More »
Blessings during Worship
We regularly bless people celebrating birthdays and anniversaries on first Sunday of each month during the 10:30 service. And once a year, during that same service, we have the following special blessings:
Birthday/Anniversary Blessings - First Sunday of each month
Blessing of the Animals (St. Francis Day) - First Sunday of October
Blessing of Backpacks - Be…Read More »
We welcome local orchestras, chorales, musical ensembles, and other performance groups to hold concerts, fundraisers and events in our sanctuary. We have accommodated large groups like Cantori Domino and the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra (SMYO) as well as smaller events like the benefit for Los Angeles’ Home for Good whose mission is to end chronic and veteran homelessness loca…Read More »
Get to know the clergy of St. Augustine by-the-Sea!
Meet the staff of St. Augustine by-the-Sea.
Get to know the Vestry at St. A's.
Our roots go back to 1875, when Episcopalians in Santa Monica formed a new congregation, just as the city itself was taking shape, but it took many years to raise the $3000 necessary to build the wooden gothic-style church they envisioned. Thanks to the railroad price wars Santa Monica's economy boomed and the town grew to 1500 permanent residents. A brick church began going up, …Read More »