5038 Hyland Ave., San Jose, CA 95127
The Rev. Ruth Casipit-Paguio    E-Mail


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Our Theology of Mission & Ministry
Just as Jesus Christ is Priest, Prophet and King, the ministry of Holy Child Episcopal Church is also three-fold: ministry to the Lord in worship; ministry to the Church in fellowship; and ministry to the World in service.

In our Filipino-American context, Worship is called “Pagsamba.” At Holy Child, “Pagsamba” is joyful, celebrative and communal. It has a fiesta-like character. Our music and songs are contemporary, our sermons are inspiring and challenging and our Holy Eucharist combines the best of Anglican ethos and Filipino spirituality. We hold to the Episcopal 3-fold understanding of faith: Scriptures, Tradition, Reason. At Pagsamba, we experience the reality of God in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Fellowship in our context is expressed in our “Barangay,” basic community or cell groups. Barangay is the name of the boat in pre-Spanish Philippines which carried the first immigrants to Philippine shores. In their difficult voyage, they shared common experiences of pain and visions of hope. Out of their fellowship in suffering and joy, came out leaders with wisdom, courage and fortitude. At Holy Child, we name our “cellgroups” as Barangay with reference to Acts 2:47 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship and breaking of the bread and prayers.” We pray that by His grace, the Lord will add to our number those who are being saved. Barangay cellgroups activities involve Bible-Studies for all age groups, family camps, dinner-dances and Sunday potluck meals.

“People will not care how much you know unless they know how much you care.” “Evangelism is not a rich man telling the poor man, here’s my dole-out. Evangelism is a beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.” In our ministry to the world, we are moved by Christ’s compassion to the poor, the sick and the needy as well as His concern for the spiritually lost and blind. At Holy Child, we call our “outreach to the world” as “Kapit-Bahay.” In Tagalog it means “good neighbor” or “we are our brother’s keepers.” Holy Child is an active participant in”” Immigrant & Citizens Collaboratives” in Santa Clara County; the Services for Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN); the Epiascopal Asiamerica Ministry (EAM); Citizens Employment Training (CET), the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA); the Jubilee Ministry and the Peace and Justice Commission of the Episcopal Church.

If you do not have a home church yet or if you wish to contribute to the mission of Holy Child Episcopal Church, contact us at ruth_casipit@hotmail.com.