On your first visit to St. Paul’s, we hope you will find our church to be warm, friendly and inviting. Here are a few things that you may want to know before making that first visit…
What to expect?
Our prayers and worship range from modern to ancient. We worship in a style very similar to the early Christians through word and sacrament. First, we hear the word of God read before the congregation and then expounded upon by the preacher. After God’s word moves us by convicting, convincing or comforting us, we then take communion expressing to God our need for the bread of life (Jesus) to feed us daily with His forgiveness and grace and we express our desire to one day join with all the family of God at His heavenly feast on the last day.
Our worship style invites participation from the worshipper. Please know, however, that you cannot “mess up” during worship. You will see different people honoring God in a variety of fashions; please don’t feel like you have to follow. You may be as active or passive a worshipper as you like. Until you feel comfortable with a participatory worship service, no one will ever make you feel uncomfortable. Your worship is between you and God.
If you visit during the 7:45 am service, you can expect the service to be typically small, quiet and contemplative. The page numbers for the service may be found in your bulletin.
If you visit us at the 10:00 am service, you will find a very user-friendly service, which is projected on an overhead screen for your worshipping convenience. The music will be a thoughtful, and encouraging blend of modern and ancient songs.
Where to go?
St. Paul’s offers parking in front of the church for newcomers, elderly, and handicapped. We have wheelchair accessibility for both worship and adult Sunday school. If our parking lot in front of the church fills, there are spaces in back near the nursery and playground area, as well as immediately across the street in the library parking lot.
What to wear?
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25)
At St. Paul’s, we believe that God cares a great deal about your heart, but not so much about what you wear. So dress up or dress down. Wear jeans or a three-piece suit. God loves you just the same. No one will ever make you feel out of place here. Come as you are!
What about My Children?
We have a nursery available for children ages three and under. The nursery is staffed by two people each week and can be located adjacent to the playground around back through the double doors just to the left. It is available every week for Sunday School at 9:00 am until the conclusion of our worship service.
The youngest members of our church family begin an age-appropriate lesson in the Parish Hall during the 10:00AM worship service. Children then join their parents in church for Communion at the end of the service.
Of course, your children are also welcome to sit with you, no matter their ages, if this is more comfortable for you or for them.
What about Money?
Though there will be a plate passed during our service to give people an opportunity to respond to God’s goodness through their tithes and offerings, this is not expected of visitors or newcomers. Please just come, have fun, worship and enjoy your day with us!