Visiting a new church for the first time can be an intimidating experience, but we want you to know that you are welcome to participate in as much or as little of the service as you feel comfortable.
We are currently meeting virtually; here is what you can expect:
We will be broadcasting the service from the sanctuary with limited staffing to maintain Covid-19 social distancing best practices. We will provide an electronic copy of the bulletin for you to use to follow the service through our ePISTLE. It will include all service information for you to follow along with us!
When we return in-person, here is what you can expect:
When you arrive you will be greeted by ushers, volunteers who will give you a service bulletin, answer any questions, guide you to our guest book, and encourage you to sit where ever you feel most comfortable. Our organist will play a prelude shortly before the service begins, so you know it’s time to get comfortable and settled.
On the pew in front of you, there will be a few different books. The one you will want to acquaint yourself with is “The Hymnal 1982,” and it’s usually blue. The hymns being sung that day are listed in your bulletin by hymn number, and you will find them in that book unless otherwise noted. The rest of the service is written out for you in the service bulletin. When we are ready to start, the organ will begin more loudly, and everyone will stand to sing the first hymn while our priest, deacon, lay ministers, and anyone else involved in the service enter from the back and walk to the altar. There service will now begin.
If you get lost, or aren’t sure what you should be doing, just copy your neighbor! The second half of the service is the Holy Eucharist, in which we share communion. Please participate if you would like, the Episcopal Church has no restrictions as to who may receive communion, and ALL are welcome at God’s table. We do use real wine, so if you need to abstain for any reason you can cross your arms over your chest and receive a blessing instead.
See our Resources page under “MORE” for links to service resources!