Welcome

Welcome to Gethsemane. Whether you are visiting Marion, attending a special service, or looking for a new church, we hope your visit to Gethsemane is warm and uplifting. If you are new to the Episcopal church, welcome! We understand if you are unfamiliar with our service. Everything you need is on the bulletin (see an usher if you don’t have one) and the hymnal, but feel free to just observe during your first few visits, and follow along as you feel led. The bulletin indicates places where you may sit, stand, or kneel as you are able. If you have young children, please feel free to take them downstairs to our children’s ministry. The children will come back upstairs to join the congregation during the Peace. Children are also welcome to stay throughout the entire service. Gethsemane has a diverse range of attendees, which we love, and we hope you feel that whatever your place in life, you feel you can find a way to minister and be ministered to in our church. When you visit Gethsemane, the first thing you might see is the red door on the Washington street entrance to our church. While multiple theories exist as to why so many churches have red doors, one of the most common is that the red door symbolizes a place of refuge and sanctuary. In an often divisive world, Gethsemane strives to be that kind of a place for all our visitors and members. Regardless of creed, race, ethnicity, bank account, immigration status, gender, sexuality, education, physical or mental ability, marital status or political affiliation, we want you to feel welcomed and appreciated.

But what does that mean in practice?

Gethsemane wants to be known as a place that supports families and singles, creates safe spaces, and challenges unhealthy power structures. We believe the first step in making the world better is creating a church where people can be valued for who they are. In particular, Gethsemane does not discriminate by race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or political affiliation, particularly in regards to the following sacraments:

● Eucharist. All baptized Christians are welcome to partake in the Eucharist, and all non-baptized visitors are welcome to come forward for a blessing (indicate this by crossing your arms over your chest at the altar rail). Please note that we use real wine, not juice, and gluten-free wafers are available upon request. Afterwards, please join us in the parish hall for coffee and doughnuts!

● Baptism and confirmation. We have a process for preparing new members for baptism and confirmation--please see the priest-in-charge.

● Marriage. We practice marriage equality at Gethsemane, meaning we marry straight and gay couples so long as the couple meets the requirements of the Book of Common Prayer. For specific information, see our priest-in-charge.

● Participation, leadership, and ordination. We are a small church with a diversely talented congregation. Our members in all their differences are what make our church special. We have also sponsored many men and women in the path to ordination. Should you choose to make Gethsemane your home, we would welcome your service and your unique talents, and would support you if you felt God’s call to ordination.

Our Core Values

Healing the wounds of history. We approach this through Christ-centered discussion and debate.

Living with difference and celebrating diversity. We are committed to showing by example a way to a just and inclusive society.

Building a culture of peace. We follow the example of Jesus and strive for an end to violence on a personal and societal level. We strive to be a symbol of hope and work as advocates of peace.

To access faith formation through the Book of Common Prayer please click below.

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Our Rector

The Rev. Dr. Jim Warnock has been our rector since December, 2002. He has a master's degree from Regent College in Vancouver, BC, and a doctorate in American history from the University of Washington. He is married to Kresha who recently retired from Ball State University. They have two grown children.

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Our Curate

The Rev. Mindy Bowne Hancock came on board at Gethsemane in August 2019. She is a native of central Indiana with with a B.A. in Religion from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master's of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Mindy is married to Josh; they have three children. Mindy was ordained a priest in June 2019 and is thrilled to join the team at Gethsemane.

What We Believe

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation. Our heritage is the faith of the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and those of every generation who have looked to God in hope. We accept the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed as statements of our basic beliefs.

Our Background

Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Marion, IN is an affiliate of the Cross of Nails Community based in Coventry Cathedral, UK. Following the horrific destruction of much of the cathedral by bombs in the 1940 air raids, clergy and members of the cathedral established what has become a worldwide movement seeking to reconcile and heal conflict on a local, national, and international level.

For the last several years, the clergy and members of Gethsemane Episcopal have committed to the work of reconciliation and healing. To do this, we have led annual discussions on race, sexuality, and women’s issues.

Gethsemane Parish is pleased to be accepted as an affiliate of the Cross of Nails Community and to continue the work of reconciliation.