• Thanks to everyone who supported our Raise the Wall Golf Tournament! Over $18,000 was raised to help repair our historic wall!
  • Awaken Your Spiritual Heart

    Your Doorway to God’s Love
  • Gracious and loving God, we thank you for sending your life-giving Spirit to dwell with us in the community of Emmanuel Parish; infuse us with passion for worship of you, and for service to the greater community of Cumberland and beyond. Give us wisdom and perseverance in being a mutually supportive, inviting and inclusive congregation; and help us in all things to follow the example of him whom we call “God with us,” even Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.


The Mother Church of Western Maryland

When Emmanuel Parish consisted of a handful of faithful settlers on the American frontier, the congregation was supported by other congregations in Frederick, MD and later Romney, VA (now WVA).  When Emmanuel was formally recognized as a Parish by the Diocese of Maryland in 1803, its parochial bounds included all of what is now Allegany and Garrett Counties – several hundred square miles.

Out of all this territory, this congregation developed a number of other churches.

The first Rector served little congregations at Flintstone, Old Town and Cresaptown, MD.  Gradually, those groups disappeared, as did Emmanuel’s missionary congregations at Pinto, Eckhart and Little Orleans. However, St. Peter’s in Lonaconing, St. George’s in Mt. Savage, St. John’s in Frostburg, St. James’ in Westernport, St. Matthews in Oakland are still vital congregations in the Episcopal Church.  Emmanuel’s efforts did not stop at the official Parish borders either.  In Washington County, St. Thomas’ in Hancock and St. Andrew’s in Clear Spring were both started through Emmanuel’s ministry.  In West Virginia, there are “daughter” Emmanuel Churches in Keyser and Moorefield.

More locally, St. Phillip’s African American Chapel was built near the Mother Church in the era of segregation.  Beginning in the 1880’s a separate congregation was begun under the leadership of Emmanuel’s Sexton, Samuel Denson, meeting first in the Church’s old salve gallery, and then in the Sunday School building.  St. Phillip’s Chapel itself served for over 75 years as a center for African American spiritual and cultural life in the tri-state area before the Diocese of Maryland merged it into Holy Cross in the 1960’s.

The Church of the Holy Cross was founded as an industrial mission to serve the immigrant population of South Cumberland in the 1890’s.  By about 1910, it had formally separated from Emmanuel.