Welcome The teaching, language, and music we offer hopefully speak to contemporary spiritual concerns in ways that respect the essence of our denomination and the faith passed on to us. As a visitor, most importantly, remember we were all new at one time. In fact both of our clergy were not raised in the church and completely understand what it’s like to walk into a service for the first time. By your very presence at any of our services, we are pleased you are taking initiative in pursuing your spiritual journey. This is a worthy endeavor. We hope you will find value in participating with us. We welcome first time visitors to any of our other activities also. If you have any questions about what to expect or what will transpire, please do not hesitate to inquire.
Your body in worship
When you arrive for a worship service, feel free to sit where ever you’d like. You’ll notice we have a variety of body postures and gestures throughout our worship. There is no right or wrong way to pray and express yourself. Kneeling is a gesture that helps our minds become humble. Standing means something declarative and important is transpiring. You are standing up to be counted; standing up to receive; standing up to face God. Sitting is appropriate when we are open to hearing God’s Word. Making the sign of the cross (touching fingertips to forehead, heart and across the chest) is usually made at times in the service that mentions the incarnation or reminding ourselves that God dwells among us.
You are welcome to bring your children into services if they are more comfortable there. We do offer a nursery and Sunday School, and we recognize that visitors may want their children with them initially. Happy noises from children are good, but if they clearly are expressing discomfort, you are welcome to go in and out of the service to give them a little more comfort.
We also welcome the children and families to sit in the front pews or side pews where they can actually see what’s going on. The clergy and altar party are happy to seat families up closer to the altar. During the service, the side chapel can be an enjoyable viewpoint for children also. There they can see the choir, organ, and altar party in action.