OUR CHURCH HISTORY
LA HISTORIA DE NUESTRA IGLESIA
In August 1950, fourteen men and women met at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Walt Kanne in Richfield. Their minds were firmly made up about one thing: there was to be an Episcopal Church in Richfield. Shortly thereafter, a larger meeting was held with representatives of the Episcopal Diocese. As a result of this meeting, a new church congregation held its first service in Lincoln Hills School on January 7, 1951. In spite of the chilly -19° day, more than 80 of the faithful arrived! They chose St. Nicholas for their name because of the many children that came with the families wanting to be part of this new church.
While meeting at the school, St Nicholas acquired property on Oliver Avenue South, hoping to build a structure of their own there. In 1953, they were able to exchange that property for a two-level church that had been built – and outgrown – by Woodlake Lutheran Church. This property was at 7227 Penn Avenue South, our current location. Since then, there have been two additions: an education wing in 1958, and a gathering space and offices in 1994.
In 2012, in keeping with our mission to be present to the needs and opportunities in our local community, St. Nicholas began offering a worship service in Spanish. Bilingual services are held once a month during the summer and on special occasions such as Christmas.
In the spring of 2020, as Covid ramped up, a food delivery program was started. This has grown into Casa Maria, a sacred space that not only provides food but creates community in the name of Christ.
Our first priest, in 1950, was The Rev. Archie Cochrane, Vicar-in-charge then Rector. Over the years, we have appreciated a number of different priests. Our current rector, The Rev. Julie Luna, started her ministry with us in 2019.