All are welcome at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Each week, we hope to welcome visitors and those considering joining our parish community along with those who have been members of our parish for months, years, and decades. Those at all stages of their faith journey are welcome – including those thinking about starting a faith journey.
For those who are new to the Episcopal Church, or who have not attended an Episcopal Church in a while, our weekly service is easy to follow. Ask the usher on your way in for a short guide that we have for visitors.
We have a fellowship hour at the end of each Sunday worship service. All are welcome to come to the parish hall for some coffee, juice, and snacks. Our fellowship hour is a wonderful opportunity to meet and chat with other members of our parish.
Our weekly worship service is on Sunday morning at 9:30. Most weeks, we have Holy Eucharist – Rite II – from the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church.
On the third Sunday of each month, we have a short optional healing service, right after our Holy Eucharist, for all who would like to participate.
On the first Sunday of each month is our Program for Children and Teens. Children of all ages join our program leaders, Ally Cheney and Lily Kane, two seniors at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, during the first half of our service. They then join the rest of the congregation for Holy Communion. All children and teens are welcome, and should meet in our church building at the beginning of our 9:30am service.
Of course, children and families are welcome every Sunday. On Sundays when we do not have our Program for Children and Teens, we have a family area in the back of the church with activities for younger children that they can do there or bring back to the pews.
Many people have questions about attending our Sunday Worship Service. Here are some of them – with answers!
What time should I arrive? Where should I sit?
Most people arrive between 9:15 and 9:25. If you arrive a bit early, the door to the church will be open (it is the red door, on Church Street, right next to our parking lot). If you are a bit late, come right in. That is not a problem. Sit wherever you would like. There are no reserved seats and no special areas that you cannot use.
How will I know what to do?
You will get a bulletin when you enter the church, and it will tell you about our service. You will also get a printed copy of the service that we are using that day – which includes information about each part of our worship service and why we do what we do. This will allow you to participate easily in our worship service. We use two books during our services: the Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal. Both books are in each pew.
I have difficulty walking. Is your church accessible? Do I have to walk to the altar for Holy Communion?
Our church is fully accessible. There is a ramp into the church from our parking lot and a ramp from our church to the parish hall. Each week, Father Haugaard brings communion down to those sitting in the pews who are unable to walk up to the altar.
I have a baby who might cry during the service. Do I have to leave if my baby cries?
No, not at all. All babies cry at times. If you would like to get up and walk in the aisle to sooth your baby, you can do that. But, you should never worry about your baby crying or babbling or talking – it adds to our service and it does not bother us.
Am I supposed to attend church every week?
No, come when you would like. Join us when you can and do not worry if you are busy with other things some Sundays.
Do I have to give money when I come to church?
No. We do collect an offering each week. If you have a bit of money that you can give us, you can put that in the plate as it is passed. However, if you do not have any money to donate that week, just pass the plate along.