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Who can worship at St. Andrew’s?

  • Everyone is welcome at St. Andrew’s!

What do I wear to the service?

  • Come as you are. Really. 

Where can I park?

  • You may park on Sunday mornings on either side of East Burd Street, in the Episcopal Square parking lot across East Burd from the church (even though it says it’s for residents only) or in the parking lot off Martin Alley.

Will I be asked for money?

  • Yes, an offering will be collected, but the offering is for our members and regular attendees. If you are a visitor or guest, please do not feel obligated to give.

What about my kids?

  • We love children at St. Andrew’s and we love for them to be in church with us. We believe all of us are enriched by their presence and we love it that even at an early age, they begin to “live and move and have their being” within our Episcopal worship. We love it when they talk and squirm or explore down the aisle.  We do have activity bags for them, if you’d like, that contain activities that help them engage with the service. We even had a special worship binder which shows them through pictures the different parts of the service. 

What will not happen when I visit?

  • You will not be singled out or put on the spot in our services. You will not be asked to give financially. Your personal style of worship is respected; whether it is quiet and reflective or enthusiastically involved.

What time is service?

  • During most of the year, we have two services on Sunday. Holy Eucharist Rite I (quiet and spoken only) begins at 8:00 a.m. and the Holy Eucharist Rite II (festive with music) begins at 10:00 a.m. There are times of silence for personal reflection during each of the services.
  • On the first Sunday of the month we offer healing prayers for anyone who would like to receive prayers for healing of heart, mind, body, or soul for themselves or anyone dear to them. There is meditative chanting offered during this time of healing which feeds all our souls. 
  • We will go to one worship service for the summer months of June, July, and August. This worship will be at 9 a.m. We have chosen to do this so we can come together as a group of people and get to know each other better. 

How do we worship?

  • We follow the Episcopal tradition using the red Book of Common Prayer 1979 and the blue Hymnal 1982. Both are located in the pew racks. At our 10 a.m. service, we offer a full-text bulletin so you can follow along with the service without juggling books. We want you to rest into the service and allow your heart to find God. 

How will I know when to stand or sit during the service?

  • Whatever you do is fine! Basically though, we stand to sing, sit to listen (scripture and sermon),  kneel for confession, and stand or sit for prayers. But you do what is right for you. 

Who can receive communion?

  • All are invited to the Lord ’s Table for Holy Communion. If you wish to receive communion, place your hands together to receive the bread; you may take a sip of wine directly from the chalice (cup) or intinct by carefully dipping the bread into the wine. If you wish only a blessing, either cross your arms or put you’re your hands in a prayer position. Children are full members of our parish and are welcome and encouraged to receive Holy Communion. 

What happens after service?

  • Please join us for coffee hour in the Parish Life Center(PLC). There is coffee and juice, healthy snacks, goodies, and a lot of great conversation and good people to meet!