St. Christopher’s is a parish that is welcoming and inclusive.
In Christ, we celebrate the diversity of all people.
St. Christopher’s began as a mission in 1948. Construction on the current church was completed in 1955. St. Christopher’s received parish status in 1965. In the past few years, the facilities have been expanded and the scope of ministry has increased. The congregation has a significant role in the life of the rapidly growing area of Bandera County.
The town of Bandera lies approximately 50 miles northwest of San Antonio. It is the county seat of Bandera County. A mixture of ranching, tourism, hunting, fishing and, increasingly, retirement households supports the area’s economy. Bandera is the site of numerous outdoor festivals and is known as the ‘Cowboy Capital of the World.’
Christopher is believed to have been born in Cana, in Galilee and martyred in the year 251, during the reign of the Roman emperor Decius. According to legend hewas a powerfully-built man who wandered the world in search of novelty and adventure. He came upon a hermit who lived beside a dangerous stream and served others by guiding them to safe places to cross. Christopher took the hermit’s place, but instead of guiding travellers, he carried them safely across the stream.One day he carried a small child across the stream. The child’s weight nearly crushed him. When they arrived on the other side, the child revealed himself as Christ, and he was so heavy because he bore the weight of the world on himself.
St. Christopher’s is an Episcopal Church, which means that we are under the care of a bishop. The word, Episcopal, comes from the Greek word, episcopoi, which means ‘overseer’. The bishop is the chief pastor – or overseer – of a diocese, which is a group of Episcopal congregations in a specific geographical area. St. Christopher’s is part of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. Our bishops are the Rt. Rev. Gary Lillibridge and the Rt. Rev. David Reed.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER AT ST. CHRISTOPHER’S: Make plans now to join us for Palm Sunday and Easter Day. Holy Week will include a Wednesday Stations of the Cross and services of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Invite a friend to this most sacred time of the church year.
COWBOY EUCHARIST! Ya’ll come for a great time of gospel singing and worship. Everyone is invited. Lunch will follow after the service, with a sing-along in the Parish Hall. Dress is Bandera Casual: Boots, blue jeans, hat, etc. This is a fun worship service, we do every time we have a month with a 5th Sunday