Stepping inside the doors of a new church can be a leap of faith on many levels, even for people who’ve been going to church for a long time. Below is an overview of what to expect on any given Sunday:
St Timothy’s is an Episcopal church and has two very distinct worship services offering a different approach to worship: both are centered on the Holy Eucharist (Communion) and include music, prayers, and a sermon. Click below for a description of each service:
Between the two services, we have a time that we call The Point. It is a time for classes and fellowship. During the 9:00 a.m. service there is a sermon specially designed for our children and the adult sermon is in the Sanctuary after the children are settled in their activities during the Point.
A current schedule and description can be found here.
When you arrive at St Timothy’s, there is plenty of parking either in the front or back parking lot. As you enter the front doors, you’ll be met by some friendly people (we call them “greeters”) who’ll say hello and hand you a bulletin with upcoming events. You’ll find a place for you to fill out information about yourself to help us get you more connected with the community: please fill it out and place it in the offering plate or hand it to one of the clergy or greeters. (We promise, this doesn’t sign you up for any telemarketing lists, or email spam.)
You’ll notice that everyone is dressed comfortably, in anything from “office casual” to flip-flops and shorts. If you arrive early before the 9am or 11:00am services, you’ll probably over hear one of our praise bands warming up for the service.
Children are always welcome to worship with us at all of our services, especially our 9:00 Family Service, which is specifically designed with young children in mind. Childcare is available starting from 10:00 on in our church nursery (called the Ark) if you prefer to worship without your child present. Many parents take their children to the Ark before the 11:00 service.
After the 9:00 a.m. service, children kindergarten age through 5th grade can head to one of our children’s classes, called Godly Play. They meet in Edwards Hall for a snack and social time and then go to Room 5 for their Godly Play story. Children 6th grade and up go to Room 1 for Rite 13.
Our service follows the order of most Episcopal services, which use the liturgy found within The Book of Common Prayer. The 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services usually begin with everyone standing and singing some upbeat music, followed by a welcome and a series of Scripture readings and prayers. You’ll notice that throughout many parts of the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services, the congregation participates by saying the prayers together: all the words will be in front of you on the large screen, but it’s also ok to stand silently if that feels more comfortable.
Towards the middle of the service, one of the clergy will present a sermon, which usually lasts around 15 minutes. (During the 9:00 am service, we hear a children’s sermon, with all the children coming to the front of the church for an interactive, 4-5 minute lesson. The adult sermon takes place in Edwards Hall at 10:00am after children have been settled in the nursery or Godly Play. You can feel free to get a cup of coffee and a bagel while listening to the sermon.)
After the sermon, there will be announcements, and a celebration of birthdays and anniversaries for the week. Then, the priest will say,
What follows is a joyful, sometimes boisterous time of everyone saying hello to one another, along with the phrase “Peace be with you!” Folks get out of their seats, shake hands, hug, say hello.
Next, the ushers collect the offering. We want you to feel welcome as our guest, with no pressure to give. Our regular attendees will put their contributions in the offering plates to pay for our expenses and fund our local and global outreach programs.
The Holy Eucharist, or Communion, is the final part of our service.
The 11:00 a.m. service lasts a little over an hour. The 9:00 a.m. service with children is about an hour, with the adult sermon following. We hope you enjoyed the service!