SO YOU’VE NEVER BEEN TO AN EPISCOPAL CHURCH...
You will find that our worship service is as much the work of lay people as it is the work of the minister. Lay people read lessons, lead the recitation of the psalms, assist the ministers at the altar, and help in the distribution of communion. All participate in the responses and hymns.
When you enter the worship space, you do so through a small entryway called the “narthex” (yes, we Episcopalians have a word for everything!) you’ll be greeted, then given a worship booklet and a weekly bulletin that contains news, schedules, and the Sunday readings and hymn list.
As you pass from the somewhat rowdy bustle of the narthex (See? Using the new word already!) into the nave, or main part of the church, the atmosphere changes to one of meditative quiet. Many use this as an opportunity to pray and contemplate in preparation for worship.
Every Sunday service includes Communion, and all who recognize in the consecrated elements of bread and wine the real Presence of Christ are welcome to receive. If you are gluten intolerant, please let an Usher know so that we may accommodate your needs.
Even very young children often recognize that receiving Communion is a part of being in the community; if they extend their hand, they will be given Communion.
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14