Dress casually and plan to arrive a few minutes early, especially if you are bringing children for Sunday school or a baby or toddler to the nursery. You’ll need time to sign them in and introduce then to the teachers or attendants.
Arrive with an open mind and heart. You will be greeted inside the door by a greeter who can answer any questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to ask. Episcopalians like questions!
An usher will hand you a service bulletin which is a guide to the service. You can find your own seat or an usher can help you. Settle in to observe or to participate, whatever makes you comfortable. As a liturgical church, all those present for the service actively participate in the service. But individuals worship in whatever way best lets them connect with God. You will see some people sit quietly while others stand or kneel. During particular parts of the service everyone will stand, for example while singing a hymn. You should do what makes you comfortable.
After the readings, sermon, and prayers of the people, people will celebrate the Peace by shaking hands and greeting each other with “Peace” or “Peace of the Lord”. Next will come the Eucharist or Communion. Anyone who is baptized or on a journey of faith may come to the altar for communion or for a blessing.
After the service people meet downstairs in the Parish Hall for coffee and tea after the 8 o’clock service and for a coffee hour after the 10 o’clock service. This is a good time to meet some members of the congregation and get other questions answered.
If you visit on the 1st Sunday of month during the school year, you will likely be treated to a children’s service. Also, the liturgical calendar below shows feast days (where special services are often held( and times of importance to the Church.
We hope to see you again!