Saint Joseph’s Episcopal Church, aka “the little church with the big red doors”, is located on Main Street between Ninth and Iredell Streets in Durham, NC, across from Duke University’s East Campus. Our community life is rooted in the sacraments, daily prayer, study of the Scriptures, and fellowship with members, friends and neighbors inside and outside our walls. Following the example of our patron Saint Joseph, we want to make our church home a place of warm hospitality grounded in God’s love and to take that love out into the world.

We welcome all people to Saint Joseph’s Episcopal Church regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  All persons are welcome wherever they are on their faith journey and life journey. To learn more, please visit our  Welcome Statement.

Weekly Worship Schedule 

We are sharing “bag” breakfast/lunch with coffee in the courtyard on Mon/Wed/Fri, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. and “bag” lunch on Saturdays 11-12 a.m.

Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m.      Morning Prayer (via Zoom audio)

Monday – Friday 5:30 p.m.      Evening Prayer (via Zoom audio)

Wednesday 6:00 p.m.               Holy Eucharist  (outdoor service: signup required)

Sundays 10:30 a.m.                   Holy Eucharist (via Zoom audio/video)

Sundays around 11:15 a.m.    Virtual “coffee hour”

For Zoom or signup info, please contact: stjosephsdurhamepiscopal@gmail.com


Online Giving:  Please continue to support our ministry during this time when we cannot be together physically.  The needs both within St. Joseph’s and in our community continue. CLICK HERE  to make an online donation through the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, or you  may mail a check to the church directly at 1902 W Main St, Durham, NC 27705.  Thank you!

Announcements for Week of 20 Pentecost (Proper 24)

October 18, 2020

The Episcopal Diocese of NC has now entered Phase 2, which allows for indoor worship with numerous restrictions.  For now, we will continue Sunday morning Zoom Morning Prayer.  Phase 2 indoor worship requires a 14-day rolling average of new cases in Durham County to be flat or declining.  The rolling average has been increasing since October 1, so indoor worship looks a bit unlikely unless COVID-19 cases begin to decline.  Let us all do our part by wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently and maintaining physical distance of at least 6 feet!  Since it is now getting dark earlier, there will be no more Wednesday evening eucharists.  The vestry is discussing future outdoor possibilities.

We will be holding Zoom coffee hour following our Sunday worship.  This will be a time where folks can catch up on new and check in and see how we all are doing these days.

If you have announcements or want to place someone on our prayer list, please email Walter at walterjdewinter@gmail.com  Thank you!

For pastoral care concerns, please contact either The Rev. Polly Hilsabeck or The Rev. Dn. Monnie Riggin.

For buildings and grounds contact Erica Ridderman or David Hilsabeck.  For all other concerns/questions contact Jamie Jones, Sr. Warden.

A few vestry notes: David Hilsabeck has resigned from the vestry since Polly is Priest Associate and St. Joseph’s is entering a period of search for a new Vicar.  David will continue to do his awesome work with buildings and grounds.  Thank you, David!  Erica Ridderman will serve as Jr. Warden until the January 2021 annual meeting.  Thank you, Erica!  Walter DeWinter was elected by the vestry to finish out David’s term, ending January 2023.  Thank you, Walter!

Volunteers needed for the following:

* Wednesday Evening Prayer leader (5:30 p.m. using Mission of St. Clare website)

* Altar guild chair

If you are interested in any of the above, please contact Jamie.

 Online Giving:  Please continue to support our ministry during this time when we cannot be together physically.  The needs both within St. Joseph’s and in our community continue. You can make an online donation through the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina on our webpage at: www.saintjosephsdurham.org or you may mail a check to the church directly at 1902 W Main St, Durham, NC 27705.  Thank you!  Please note: for the online giving, a small processing fee is taken out of your donation.

Minority Owned and Operated Businesses in North Carolina:

As part of conversations on anti-racism and efforts we can take to support businesses owned and operated by minorities, St. Joseph’s, Durham is working on a list of these businesses with an eye toward circulating it among faith based communities in our convocation. It is hoped that whenever possible, folks will use the services of minority owned businesses. We will make every effort to vet and keep the list updated. If you have contributions to make to this list, please send the name of the business, name of owner and contact (street address, email and telephone) information to: The Rev. Dn. Monnie Riggin (monnie.riggin@gmail.com). Thanks so much!

St. Joseph’s Monthly Work Days:

With colder weather approaching, we do not have any work days scheduled.  Please stay tuned for an announcement about a physically-distanced walk through the woods on November 14th at 10:00 a.m.

Voter information: North Carolina now has early voting in place if you haven’t voted yet by mail.  Don’t forget to vote!

Help EAT NC feed Durham students! The pandemic has increased the challenges of feeding Durham, but our community continues to step up and find creative ways to get meals to those in need, including students. And you can help! Please consider supporting Durham food security with these opportunities:

  • Support DPS meal delivery: EAT NC is providing weekly home meal deliveries to Durham Public Schools students. If your DPS student is attending school from home (not a learning center) and you’re unable to pick up school meals from a DPS site, then sign up for EAT NC’s weekly home meal deliveries, providing five breakfasts and lunches a week. Sign up for meals to be delivered to your home here: https://www.eatnorthcarolina.org/dpsschoolmeals.

To support this effort, EAT NC needs drivers to get this food out into the community: please volunteer to deliver meals to DPS students here: https://tinyurl.com/drivemeals.

  • Pick up DPS meals: Anyone can pick up meals for children ages 0-18 from one of 25 Durham Public Schools feeding sites on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Charter, private, public and pre-K students are all included. Your meal pick-up keeps this essential service going and DPS food service staff employed. Find sites here: https://tinyurl.com/Durhammeals.

Collection for St. Joseph’s community in need: If you are able to donate any of the following items, please contact Tony Johnson at tony.tcjohnson.johnson92@gmail.com.  These items are for our breakfast/lunch needs; these items are part of the offerings of our life and labor.

small bottles of water                                  granola bars

peanut butter/jam                                        gallon size Ziploc bags

“to go” coffee cups w/lids                          ground coffee