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All Are Welcome at St. Paul’s

       We are happy to have you as visitors of our church and grateful for your presence. Please let us know how we can make you feel more comfortable here or how we might help fulfill your spiritual needs.

How We Worship

       Visitors from Catholic, Lutheran, or Methodist backgrounds will feel at home immediately. Others sometimes worry about whether they are doing the right thing at the right time. It’s not a problem. There are no rules, just some customs – and we don’t all follow the same ones. You’ll see different people doing different things. So just don’t worry about it. Do more or less what your neighbors are doing and you’ll be fine.


       At our 10:30 AM service, we have a pre-printed service bulletin which includes the entire service, including all prayers, Biblical readings and hymns and gives you some guidance on whether to sit, stand or kneel (or whatever is most comfortable for you). 
      
       We celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday at the 10:30 AM service and most Sundays at the 8:00 AM service. You don’t have to be an Episcopalian to receive Communion. All baptized Christians are invited to receive the bread and wine. Don’t worry about how to do that either. Just go to the altar rail with the others in your pew and do more or less what they do. If you don’t want to receive Communion, there is no pressure to do so. You can stay in your pew for prayer or simply cross your arms and kneel at the altar to receive a blessing.

     If you have taken your children to the nursery or they or attending Children’s Church, you are encouraged to go and get them during the announcement time to come to the altar with you to receive Communion or a blessing.
      
     If you would feel more comfortable with some help, tell the ushers you are new and they’ll seat you with someone who’ll guide you through the service.


Post-Service Fellowship/Coffee

       Following the 10:30 AM worship, members of St. Paul’s host a glorified “coffee hour” with great food, drink and coffee.  All visitors and newcomers are strongly encouraged to attend.  This has become a fun, popular event for both members and guests of St. Paul’s. 

We Don’t Embarrass Our Guests

       You won’t be singled out in the worship service, asked to stand up, invited to come forward or any of those things. We want to welcome our guests, not embarrass them, so you’ll be able to come and go as anonymously as you choose.  There are blue visitor cards and pencils in each pew.  If you would like to learn more about the church or just simply want us to know who you are and that you worshiped with us, feel free to fill the card out and place it in the offering plate during the offertory.  

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