We are saving a “Pew for You”!

As you enter the church sanctuary one of our Sunday greeters will hand you a worship bulletin, which lists various parts of the service as well as the hymns/songs. The entire worship service is printed in the worship bulletin, which comes from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Hymn numbers are also posted on a hymn board located by the side of the altar. At the 10:30 service we sing from the 1982 Episcopal Hymnal in the pew.

Stand, Sit or Kneel?

Throughout the service, we will both stand and kneel to assist in the physical act of worship. If you’re new to the Episcopal Church, the general rules are: Stand for singing, affirming the Creed, reading the Gospel, and during certain prayers. Sit during readings from the Old Testament or New Testament letters, and the sermon. Kneel during certain prayers (e.g. prayer of confession) or as an act of humility before God.

How should I receive the bread and wine during Communion?

At Trinity, we receive communion kneeling or standing next to the communion rails near the altar. Receive the communion bread from the priest, deacon or lay server in your open right palm. You many choose to receive the wine directly from the chalice by gently guiding it to your lips as the Deacon presents it. If it is physically difficult for you to come to the altar for communion, please indicate this to one of the ushers, and a priest or deacon will bring communion to where you are seated. Children are welcome to receive communion at their parents’ discretion. If your child does not receive, he/she may come to the altar to receive a blessing.

Where do my children go? Children are welcome at all of our services. A nursery is open for all young children from 9 am until after the 10:30 am Sunday service.

Am I expected to contribute money when the Sunday offering is taken?

If you are visiting with us, we don’t expect you to put money in the offering basin when it is passed. If you consider Trinity to be your church home, we’d love for you to prayerfully consider giving to the church. You can give by check or cash during the service.

Is it OK to take communion even if I’m not an Episcopalian?

All baptized persons –whether Episcopalian or not – are welcome to come forward at the time of communion and receive the bread and the wine. If you have not yet been baptized, you are welcome to come forward to receive a blessing instead of communion. Simply cross your arms over your chest to signal to the priest or the deacon that you wish to receive a blessing.

What if I would like to attend regularly or become a member?

The Church Secretary, Nanci Parkhurst, will be happy to provide you with a name tag to place on the table at the church entrance. Just fill out one of the cards on the visitor table. If you’d like to become a member of the parish, fill out the card on the visitor table and place it in the collection basin passed by the usher.

We are saving a “Pew for You”!