Visitors and members from every denomination and spiritual background find a welcome place at Church of the Nativity. We are a traditional Episcopal church and our services are based on the liturgies of The Book of Common Prayer. Our life together is based upon faith in Jesus Christ and the values which he taught. We are welcoming to all, regardless of race, creed or lifestyle.
Each of us is on a spiritual journey, seeking the path to a sustaining relationship with God and with others. We at Nativity are pilgrims like you, and have chosen to journey with one another. At Nativity, we have become part of a living tradition which speaks to us profoundly, and challenges us to grow into a deeper faith. You might feel comfortable in knowing that many of our parishioners have come from different religious upbringings and have taken the journey in finding a religion that was inviting to both spouses.
Our worship service is simplified and inclusive. Not only do we use modern language, and more streamlined ceremonial, but roles of leadership in worship are shared among women and men, clergy and lay persons. Please know that we welcome both you and your children at worship. RELAX! God put the wiggle in children and we appreciate the sound of children’s voices. We move a lot in our worship, sitting and standing and kneeling. We worship with our entire bodies, not just our minds.
At Nativity we tend toward a more simpler and informal “traditional Protestant” service (low church) with emphasis of Biblical revelations over symbolism. Nativity’s liturgical style is informal, welcoming, and inclusive, blending a contemporary setting with more traditional theology and music.
All baptized Christians, no matter what age, and no matter of what denomination, are welcome to “receive communion,” that is, eat the bread and drink the wine with the congregation, regardless of which Church they were baptized. Episcopalians invite all baptized people to receive, not because we take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously.
If you are looking for a faith community, we wish to respond in whatever manner will suit you best. Our services are open to all, and we will welcome you when you choose to return. In the meantime, if you would like information about participating in the life of the parish, or have questions or needs to which we may respond, please inquire of the priest or any church member.
After the service, if you have the time or the inclination be sure to come to coffee hour in our Parish Hall for light refreshments and to meet members of the congregation. Don’t forget to sign our visitor book if you wish.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO AN EPISCOPAL SERVICE ?
What you wear is entirely up to you. Many people like to dress up to go to church. This is more out of tradition than necessity. You will see people in dresses and suits, and you will see people in shorts and jeans (usually more casual in the summertime). The important thing is that you are at church, praising God . . . NOT what kind of clothes you are wearing!