What to Expect when visiting St. Paul for Sunday Service:
Both services are traditional.
Attire tends to be business casual. We have some who dress formally and others more informally. All are welcome and we invite you to dress in whatever way you feel comfortable.
The Lead Group typically heads worship once a month.
We have an open policy on Holy Communion. All those baptized believing in the real presence of Christ are welcome to receive. Holy Communion is celebrated on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.
A defibrillator is on the Narthex wall near the coffee station. Training classes were held at St. Paul for our members. The defibrillator is has audio step-by-step instructions.
First Communion classes are generally given in 5th grade.
During service, the pastor gives a children's message in which all children are invited to the front steps at the altar to participate.
We have a nursery room with a speaker to listen to the sermon for those who need to excuse themselves with their young children. We offer Busy Bags to families with little ones to keep them occupied during service. We do love having children in our services and enjoy hearing their voices sing out. They are our future and a wonderful reminder of life.
Feel free to bring your Bible and read along with the first and second readings.
We have an organist and a choir.
We follow the Western Orthodox Calendar.
For your convenience, the church is wheelchair accessible. Drive up to the front double doors and enter with ease. Doorways are wide so you can enjoy the various spaces. We have a wheelchair, cane and walker available for your use.
Upon arrival, you will be met by a volunteer "Greeter" or two who will welcome you to the church. Many will be gathered in the Narthex to chat. Feel free to hang your jacket in the coat nook straight ahead and to the right.
We invite guests to sign the guestbook and take a welcome packet.
Sunday School releases a small flood of happy children at 10:15 so they can join their families for service.
Our Ushers will provide you with a hymnal. Feel free to sit anywhere. The chairs are roomy and cozy. We have cards tucked in the back of the chairs for you to fill out if you would (or they may be inside the bulletin that you will receive). One side is for members and the other is for visitors. Please place the card in the offering plate as it is passed.
Inside the hymnal you will find the bulletin. The bulletin gives you the order of readings (the congregation recites the words in bold text). Hymns, prayer of the day, children's message, sermon, "peace" in which we offer peace to one another and shake hands with those around us. The offering is passed, we recite the Lord's Prayer, receive blessing, sing the closing hymn and remain seated for announcements. Afterward we are dismissed. "Go in peace".
We retire to the Narthex for freshly brewed coffee and fellowship. Often there is juice, cookies, donuts or other treats at the coffee station. You will find lots of smiling faces as everyone chats and discusses upcoming events.
Some families go out to breakfast or brunch at local eateries.