What Should I Expect?
The people of St. Paul’s come from different backgrounds and experiences, but we’ve found a home here because we share some things in common…a desire for real relationships and a caring community.
We’ve also discovered in this place something bigger than ourselves—a way to grow into a deeper relationship with God.
Though we worship in a beautiful building, St. Paul’s is much more than stone walls and stained glass, St. Paul’s is primarily a community of faith in God and Jesus Christ.
When are the services?
St. Paul’s offers Sunday Worship at 8 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Additionally, we have a quiet, early morning service on Thursdays at 7 a.m.
What are services like?
To first-time non-Episcopalian visitors, our services may seem like a lot of standing, kneeling, sitting, and at the 10:00 service, singing. Feel free to participate as much or as little as you wish. You’ll be given a bulletin so that, at any point during the service, you’ll know where we are. You are welcome to take communion (or Holy Eucharist, as we say). Or if you’d like to just sit quietly and take it all in, that’s okay, too.
Must I identify myself as a newcomer?
We hope that you find us to be a friendly congregation—we want you to feel as comfortable as possible when you visit. While we would love a chance to meet you, you don’t have to identify yourself as a visitor. You can slip into a worship service and check us out without identifying yourself to anyone, if that is what you choose. You’ll have the opportunity during the services to fill out a welcome card (located on the tables by the doors to the sanctuary), where you can give as little or as much information about yourself as you wish—and let us know of any prayer requests that you have. You can also join us at our Fellowship Hour (following the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service) for more information about St. Paul’s and our ministries.
What’s available for my children?
Children are a joy to us at St. Paul’s! Children at St. Paul’s are considered full members of our parish family and are entrusted with responsibilities in our worship. There is a Children’s Choir, Acolyte Team, and Confirmation/Youth Group (for youths 12 and older). Church School is held most Sundays during the program year, and visitors are welcome to attend. Each month a child-centered worship service is held for the entire parish. In addition, there are a host of other activities you can look forward to experiencing such as our annual Halloween party, Christmas Pageant, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, and Egg Hunt. Click here for an in-depth explanation of our programs.
Children and their families are invited to sit anywhere in the church; however, there is a special “Children’s Cabinet” located by the Baptismal Font in the back of the church providing age-appropriate Bibles and coloring pages to assist our youngest members in worship. You will discover that many families sit near the cabinet where their children can move around with ease.
Should you feel that your small child would prefer to be in a more active setting, nursery care is provided during the 10:00 a.m. service, September through July, at the St. Paul’s Nursery School directly across the street. Children are welcome to stay there through the service, though some parents prefer to pick up their child in time to partake in Holy Communion.