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We are happy to welcome you to St. Paul’s Church, whether you are just visiting or are looking for a new church home (Directions).
We want you to feel comfortable and at home with us and we hope this information will be helpful to you.
Worshiping at St. Paul’s
In the Episcopal Church, the Holy Eucharist is central to our worship services. It represents Christ’s eternal banquet to which we are all invited. Whatever religious tradition you may come from – even if you have never been a part of a faith community – we welcome you to receive communion with our community of God’s people. There will be a time during the service when the people are invited to approach the altar rail and kneel (or stand), to receive the wafer and wine which represent Christ’s body and blood. If you prefer to receive only one of the elements (the wafer or the wine) that is perfectly acceptable. You may also choose not to receive the elements and to be given a blessing by the priest instead. It is also fine for you to remain in your seat if you prefer not to take part in communion. If you are unable to come to the altar rail because of restricted mobility, but would still like to receive communion, simply let an usher know and the priest will bring the elements to you.
We generally use two worship books in our services: the blue Hymnal for music and the red Book of Common Prayer for everything else. We also produce a bulletin which contains the service outline with page references to these two books plus any special prayers and other information.
Children are always welcome to attend worship services with their parents or caregivers. If your baby becomes restless, feel free to stand up and walk around with them or to take them out of the service to tend to them and then bring them back. After all, God put the wiggle in children so don’t feel you must suppress it here!
All children old enough to kneel for Holy Communion are offered the same wafers and sips of wine that the adults receive (if you would rather your child not receive, simply instruct them to cross their arms over their chest and they will be given a blessing instead).
We offer alternative activities for babies and children during the 10:00 service on Sunday. We have a professionally-staffed nursery for babies and children up to age 4, and a Sunday School for children from preschool through fifth grade.
After the Service
Following each service, we serve coffee, donuts and other refreshments in the Parish Hall. We invite you stay and enjoy good food and conversation with us. Look for the people wearing big bright flowers – these are members of our hospitality ministry and they are there to answer your questions and help you find your way around.
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