Our Formation Classes for all ages begin at 9:30 on Sunday mornings, but most folks come around 9:00 for something to eat and to have coffee or tea. The folks who attend the 8:15 a.m. "quiet service" are getting out and most stay for a cup of coffee and many go to the adult Christian Formation class. Just come. We are not a huge place, and everyone is friendly. We also offer classes for Children from pre-school through High School. A friendly welcome is assured to your child even if they have never been to church before. Click on either children or teensto see our offerings.
After Sunday School, worship begins at 10:30. After the opening processional and a few prayers Fr. Mark will invite the children to go with Miss Becky to Children’s chapel. Children ages Pre- Kindergarten through 3rd grade go to a brief service made just for children during the first half of worship, then return just before the communion. They will hear the same lessons as the parents and older children.
or you can make an appointment...
The best way to get situated with our parish is to meet with our Rector, The Rev. Mark Wilkinson. You can schedule a time up at the church, which allows him to show you around. Or if you wish, a cup of coffee or a home visit. Email Mark or call 757-340-6459.
Protestant or Catholic?
The Episcopal Church is sort of a mix between a Protestant Church and a Catholic Church, so you will see things that look like both. If you’ve never worshipped in a Catholic Church, our service might catch you off guard. In many ways it’s very simple and after a few times through the service you will be comfortable with our worship. If you would like, an usher will find someone to sit with you to help you through the service the first few times.
There are places where we bow to show reverence for Christ, places where we kneel to humble ourselves before God. There are times we cross ourselves as a way of using our entire bodies to worship and remember Christ’s sacrifice. And we read ancient creeds and prayers together out-loud to affirm our faith. Our parish has members from all over the United States and often from other countires as well. Each person brings some of their own personal practice so there really is no right or wrong way to do any of this. The best way to learn this is to the watch people in front of you and follow along.
Any baptized person can come to the rail and receive communion. Children of any age are welcome to receive communion if they have been baptized. If you haven’t yet been baptized, you can come to the rail and kneel, cross your arms over your chest, and receive a prayer of blessing. Talk with us about scheduling Baptism for you or your child. When the priest says, “The Gifts of God for the People of God,” you step out into the center isle, and come forward in a line with the others to kneel at the communion rail. The ushers will help direct you.