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St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church of Poulsbo, WA is an Eastern Orthodox community serving Poulsbo and Kitsap County. Our parish is under the omophorion of His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN, Bishop of San Francisco and the West, a diocese of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) which is the local autocephalous Orthodox Church, belonging to the worldwide communion of Orthodox Churches.

We warmly welcome all who are searching for a church that is in unchanging continuity with the Church of the Apostles and where they may find the purity of the Apostolic Faith. We are a church for those of all ages, ethnicities, and races, for both families and singles who are searching for the anchor of a Christian community in our rootless society. Above all, we are a Eucharistic community worshipping the Holy Trinity in spirit and truth as we seek to know God, to be conformed to Christ's example of true humanity, and to be transformed to become partakers of the Divine Nature.

If you are an Orthodox Christian and are new to the area or have not been to an Orthodox church in a while, please join us. If you are just learning about the Orthodox Church and would like to know more, take time to browse through some of the information on this site and please come by for any service or class. Finally, if you have any questions, please contact us via our contact page.

With Love in Christ,

The Clergy and Faithful of Saint Elizabeth Orthodox Church

What is Orthodox Christianity?
The Church of the Apostles . . .

The Orthodox Church, which some have called “the best kept secret” in the America, understands itself to be the first Christian Church, founded by the Lord Jesus Christ. Her history can be traced in unbroken continuity back to the original Pentecost in AD 33 with the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. The Orthodox Church has continued her faith and practice without addition or subtraction, and thus her apostolic doctrine, worship, and structure remain intact.

For about the first one thousand years of Christian history, there was (in the words of the ancient Nicene Creed) “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.” The word Catholic means “whole” and “universal,” indicating that the Church teaches all that is necessary for human salvation and that the church holds the same beliefs everywhere. The word “Orthodox” means “right belief” or “right glory,” and was used from the first centuries to distinguish true apostolic doctrine and worship from heresies that arose in the early church. In the 11th century the “Great Schism” took place when the Roman Catholic Church, under the pope, separated itself from the rest of the ancient Orthodox churches, with the “filioque” addition to the Nicene Creed and increasing claims of papal authority. Later, various other changes in doctrine and practice were made on the part of the Roman church that further widened the gap between the two churches. The ensuing Protestant Reformation in the 16th century splintered the Roman church and scattered the faithful even more into numerous other denominations.

Today, the Orthodox Church is a single, unified body comprised of several autocephalous (self-governing) churches, such as the Greek Orthodox, Orthodox Church in America, Serbian Orthodox, Romanian Orthodox, Antiochian Orthodox, and Russian Orthodox. It is held together not by a universal head, but by the double bond of unity in the faith and communion in the sacraments. Although reflecting diversity of language and culture, these churches are in full agreement on all matters of doctrine and between them is full sacramental communion, celebrating the same Divine Liturgy and reciting the same Creed week in and week out around the world.

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How You Can Help
St. Elizabeth's is the first and only Orthodox church in Kitsap County, WA. As a small parish blessed with a new property and building, there is much work to do to be a living icon of the Kingdom of Heaven in this place. If you would like to help our work of building an Orthodox temple and spreading the Orthodox Faith here in this new and fertile place, first remember us in your prayers. And, if you are able, please consider making a donation to help us to continue this holy work.

Thank you and may God, through the prayers of the Venerable New Martyr Elizabeth, richly bless you!
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