First, know that you are welcomed here. Join us as we gather in Christian community, and seek to follow God’s mission of love and compassion in this world. As an Episcopal Church, we worship in the tradition of the Book of Common Prayer, combining time-honored words and music with contemporary rhythms and melodies. Feel free to email us with any questions you might have.
Is there any difference between the 8:00 am and the 10:00 am services? Yes. The shorter (about 45 min.) 8:00 Eucharist service, with no music, attracts a smaller congregation. Many relish the opportunity for silence and contemplation in the early morning light, as a peace-filled way to begin the day. The 10:00 am Eucharist is our main service, with full music and choir (from September until May). It is usually finished around 11:15 am. Nursery care is available beginning at 9:50 am. After the 10:00 service, please join us for coffee, refreshments and conversation.
What about children? If your baby or toddler is comfortable in the nursery or (somewhat) quiet with you in church, your decision is easy. Often parents of young children stroll a bit between the two. School-age children meet for Sunday school at the beginning of the service, and may join their parents for communion. We encourage children to come to the communion rail, for the sacrament, or for a blessing.
How do I participate in the service? An Usher will give you a leaflet with the order of service, including congregational responses. The hymns we sing can be found in the blue 1982 Hymnal in front of your pew, or printed in the leaflet.
What about Communion? We welcome you to the Lord’s Table during the Eucharist. When an usher stands by your pew, you may walk up to the altar rail. You may either stand or kneel to receive. Usually a small piece of bread will be given to you. You may eat it immediately or wait to dip it into the chalice of wine. Likewise, if you have eaten the bread without dipping, have a sip from the cup. Children may receive communion or a blessing.
What do I do if they pass an offering plate? First time visitor? You are our guest! Please pass the plate, and if you wish, include in it the pew card with your name and contact information.
Will I be recruited at the coffee hour if I go? Coffee hour is a time for fellowship and conversation, and for you to get to know us better. We hope you will come back, and consider making St. David’s your church home.