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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 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

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.  The Nursery and Sunday School classrooms are located on our lower level.  During the summer months, Sunday school is replaced by Children's Chapel during the 10 am service.  Children are dismissed into the chapel after the opening Collect and return at the peace.

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.

If you have questions about baptisms, weddings, membership, or any other need we can respond to, please speak with the clergy after the service, send us an This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call the Church Office, 603-224-2523. And if you wish to know more about St. Paul’s Church or to be included on our mailing list, please fill out a visitor’s card and give it to an usher or mail it to us.

Becoming a Member

Feel free to worship with us, to explore St. Paul’s, to ask questions, and to spend as much time with us as you like.  There is no pressure for you to officially “join” the parish.  If at some time you choose to become a full member of our parish, you can do so by transferring your membership from another church, or, if you have not attended a church previously, by providing your details for our records.  You can also choose to be baptized, confirmed, or formally received into the Episcopal Church.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are always happy to answer your questions about these or any other topics.