Saint Philip’s, Laurel

stPhilipsLaurelWelcome to St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Laurel, Delaware

The vision for St. Philip’s Episcopal Church is to create a Christian atmosphere where everyone can worship Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, accepting all persons as they are, supporting them in hard times and sharing the joy and thanksgiving of good times; nurture growth of our faith through worship, study, and serving, whereby each of us recognizes and accepts their God given gifts and talents, then, uses them to minister within St. Philip’s, our community, and the world.

St. Philip’s, Laurel, Annual Strawberry Festival is usually held on the Third Saturday in May. Sandwiches, salad platters, strawberry desserts, attic treasures, bake table, crafters, vendors, artists, live music, face-painting, story telling, coloring table, oyster fritters and cream of crab soup (at Hope Lodge), garden tour, classic car show and moon bounce. For details, please contact us.

The Youth Group at St. Philip’s, Laurel, won a 2012 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for its hospitality to Habitat for Humanity workers.
In welcoming the Habitat for Humanity workers, the St. Philip’s Youth Group, led by Cheryl Martin, opens the church doors to groups of up to 40 Habitat volunteers for a week at a time. The Youth Group welcomes each team of Habitat workers with supper on the evening of their arrival, gives them a place to sleep each night of the week, and gives them breakfast on the morning of their departure. They send lunches to Habitat work sites and have even sponsored some families. Thank God for our youth!


Holy Eucharist Rite I, 8:30 a.m.
Chrisitan Education, Adult & Youth, 9:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist Rite II, 10:30 a.m.

Please join us after the service for coffee in the Parish House so we can meet you and introduce ourselves. (Ask anyone for directions.)

  • Parking is behind the church on Carvel Ave.
  • Our Minister: The Rev. Dr. Howard Backus. Call him at 302 604-3441.
  • Address: 600 S. Central Avenue, Laurel, DE 19956
  • Office Phone: 302 875-3644        |       FAX: 302 875-3412
  • Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Monthly Newsletter: If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter, please contact us.

Directions: South Delmarva Peninsula in Laurel, Sussex County, Delaware. From Route 13 turn west on Route 24 to the stop light at the intersection of Route 24 and Route 13A (Central Ave.). Turn left (South) on Central Avenue. St. Philip’s is the red brick Church on the southwest corner of Sixth Street and Central Avenue. The entrance to the parking lot is on Carvel Avenue (next corner to the right).

St. Philip’s Annual Events

Holy Week    Palm Sunday procession with palms
Holy Week    Maundy Thursday agape meal around the cross
Holy Week    Easter Sunday Service at 9:30 a.m. with baptism
May    Annual Strawberry Festival – Third Saturday
October    Blessing of the Animals – Pictures, Certificates, Treats at OCC, First Sunday
October    Harvest Party sponsored by our youth – Fourth Sunday
December    Christmas Eve services at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Old Christ Church (Broad Creek Hundred, Delaware)

Click here to see the website for Old Christ Church, our mother church, which dates from 1771. Regular Sunday services are held on the first Sunday of each month at Old Christ Church, June through September, at 10:00 a.m.

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