St. Philip’s is an Episcopal/Anglican Church in the Diocese of Long Island that has been worshiping at 334 MacDonough Street in Brooklyn since 1944.
We are here for God, and We are here for You.
We are a community of great diversity seeking to offer God’s radical hospitality to all who enter our doors. Wherever you come from, whatever your age, whomever you love, however you believe, you are always welcome here.
We are an urban congregation representing different cultural backgrounds including the United States, Africa and the Caribbean. The educational levels vary. The lay vocations cover a broad spectrum. While most parishioners live in Brooklyn, we continue to draw from the neighboring boroughs.
If you are seeking a church family, please consider making St. Philip's your home. Any of our ushers will be happy to provide you with the necessary information to make this possible.
Parishioners of St. Philip's Episcopal Church are encouraged to understand stewardship as their faithful response in thanksgiving to God's manifold blessings on them. We ask that they "follow Christ: to come together week by week for worship; and to work, pray and give to the glory of God's Kingdom." We recognize that we are the custodians of God's gifts and as such are called to use them for the building up of the Kingdom of God. Individually, members support the Church by their annual pledges and donations to special funds, by utilizing their God-given talents for the various ministries offered by the parish, and the giving of their time in the service of God and one another.
"Give, and it will be given to you, A good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back." - Luke 6:38
St. Philip's Episcopal Church was founded in 1899, and held its first service in a vacant store at 1887 Pacific Street in the Weeksville area of Brooklyn. Soon after, a church site at 1610 Dean Street was acquired. Membership in the mission chapel quickly rose to 500 people - many of whom had roots in Virginia, North Carolina and the Caribbean - and the parishioners began programs and activities which appealed to community residents: the first charter for a Black chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew was issued to St. Philip's in 1903; the first Black company of the United Boy's Brigade, a forerunner of the Boy Scouts, was chartered in 1907; and one of the earliest Boy Scout charters given to any organization was granted to St. Philip's in 1921. St. Philip's attained parish status in 1926.
In 1944, St. Philip's moved to it's present building, a neo-Gothic edifice accomodating 900 people which was designed by Arni Delhi in 1899 for the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. In 1945, the Stuyvesant Community Center was established in the adjoining parish house, becoming the first community center in Bedford-Stuyvesant run by and for Blacks. St. Philip's continues to provide leadership in the religious, social, cultural and economic life of the community. The church is located in the Stuyvesant Heights Historical District designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1971.
On September 11, 2016 we had the blessing of the Luther M. Johnson, Jr. ADA Compliant Ramp.