When I drive in, now what? Enter through the door to the east (left). Our doors open into large foyer areas where you’ll see people milling or sitting around talking. Anyone can direct you to the church or restrooms. Feel free to take your time. Ushers standing at the doors will have service bulletins. Sit where ever you like. We appreciate quiet and quiet voices inside the worship space out of respect for those who use time before and after to pray.
What about my children? Your children are welcome to stay with you throughout worship. If you need to step out during the service, outside of the nave there are chairs available and the service can still be heard in this area. We have a staffed nursery at the 10:30 a.m. service, if you would like, which is across from the rest rooms. There are activity bags for older children hanging by the nursery door, You may also use the diaper changing tables in the nursery.
How do people dress? People dress all sorts of ways. You’ll see mostly ‘business casual’ but some will be in suits and dresses; others will be in jeans.
Is Nativity accessible? Yes! Nativity is on one level. There are handicapped restrooms.
Will you single me out? No. An usher might ask if you’re visiting. That’s simply so we can address you by name and better attend to your needs.
How long does the service last? On an ordinary Sunday, the early service, without music is about 45 minutes. The later service includes music, which lengthens the service to 55-60 minutes. On Holy Days like Easter or Christmas Eve, services are a bit longer.
What about postures? Mostly, Episcopalians stand to sing, sit to listen, and kneel to pray. All of these are as you are able. You’ll see people sitting while many are standing or standing while some are kneeling.
Do I have to say anything? You are included in worship by your presence. Anything beyond that is up to you. The service leaflet and/or books are aids for worship.
What is worship like, briefly? Worship is in two main parts. The first part is mainly readings from the Bible, a sermon, and prayers. There are announcements and a brief time of greeting one another in Peace. Then, what comes next goes by many names like the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion where we may receive bread and wine that has been blessed—a sacred meal. The worship ministers and choir normally enter and leave in a procession with music.
May I receive communion? All are welcome to come forward when communion is distributed. If you were ever baptized, in any denomination, at any age, you are welcome to receive the sacrament. You may receive either bread and/or wine. Anyone may come forward for a simple, quiet blessing by the priest. Simply indicate your desire by crossing your arms across your chest.