What to Expect

on your first visit

On Sundays, our 9am liturgy includes music led by the choir and organ. It's followed by breakfast and coffee. Our service on Wednesdays at 6pm is simpler, quieter, and more contemplative, with a shorter homily. We share dinner together afterwards.

 

If you've never been to an Anglican worship service before, we use a printed bulletin that contains the whole liturgy, word for word, and tells you when to stand, sit, or kneel (if you're able), what to say, and what hymns we sing. You will find the bulletin by a table near the door where you enter the Nave (main worship space). And if get lost, you can always ask someone near you for help. Don't be afraid of getting things wrong or not knowing everything at first. All of us were new to this at one time or another!

If you have been to an Anglican service before, you may wonder how our liturgy compares to other Anglican churches. Our music consists of hymns from the 1940 Hymnal led by a choir with organ accompaniment. Our liturgy comes from the Book of Common Prayer (2019). Our ceremonies are generally more "high church", and we use incense during the high seasons.

Every Sunday we hear 4 passages of Scripture (Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament, and Gospel). A 15-20 minute sermon follows the readings. Though our sermons might be a bit shorter than in other churches, we believe they are very important for understanding and applying God's Word to our lives.

When it comes time for communion, all baptized Christians (not just Anglicans) are invited to receive the bread and wine. If you do not wish to receive the bread and/or the wine, you can cross your arms over your chest and receive a blessing instead.

If you're visiting with kids, ages 0-4, you are welcome to keep you with them in the service, or bring them upstairs and drop them off with our nursery workers. Children ages 4-years through 2nd grade stay through most of the service, but are invited before the sermon to go with volunteers to Children's Church upstairs, and they return before Communion. Older children are invited to stay throughout the service. We also offer "fidget bags" for kids who need something extra to do during the service.

As far as what to wear, we don't have a dress code!  Wear whatever you believe is most appropriate for worship.

If you have other questions about visiting, please feel free to contact Fr. David via the contact page on the website. We know we do things a bit differently, so we want to do whatever we can to make sure your first visit is both comfortable and meaningful.

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