Everyone is welcome!
The Place of Worship
As you enter, you will notice an atmosphere of worship and reverence.
Your eye is carried to the altar, or holy table, and to the cross. So our thoughts are taken at once to Christ and to God whose house the church is. On or near the altar there are candles to remind us that Christ is the "Light of the world" ( John 8:12 ). Often there are flowers, to beautify God's house and to recall the resurrection of Jesus.
The Act of Worship
Anglican church services are congregational. We use a service booklet which is taken from the Book of Common Prayer which enables the congregation to share fully in every service. Standing or kneeling practices vary in Anglican churches usually depending on whether there are kneelers available. At Christ Church we stand to sing, to say the affirmation of faith, the Creed and for the reading of the Gospel.
We sit during the readings from the Old & New Testament Letters, the sermon & the offertory anthems. Times to stand or sit are printed in the service booklet. We stand or kneel for prayer to show our gratefulness to God for accepting us as children or as an act of humility before God.
The Regular Services
The principal service is the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion). At our 8:00 AM service it is celebrated quite simply, without music. At our 10:00 AM celebration on Sundays, or on other great Christian days such as Christmas, music is customary.
While some parts of the services are always the same, others change. At the Holy Eucharist, for example, three Bible selections are read. These change each Sunday. So do the psalms. Certain of the prayers also change, in order to provide variety. Page numbers for parts of the service printed elsewhere in the Book are usually announced or given in the service bulletin. But do not be embarrassed to ask your neighbor for the page number.
You will find the services of the Anglican Church beautiful in their ordered dignity, God-centred, and yet mindful of the nature and needs of human beings.
Before and After
It is the custom upon entering church to sit quietly for a prayer and meditation for personal preparation for worship. With many Anglicans it is also the custom to bow to the altar on entering and leaving the church as an act of reverence for Christ. At the end of the service some choose to sit for a private prayer before leaving and to listen to the organ postlude.
Coming and Going
When you enter, the ushers will greet you, and if you desire, they will answer your questions about the service. Please sign our guest register. You are free to sit where you will feel comfortable. Following the service the pastor greets the people as they leave. Coffee and fellowship follow each service. We hope you will join us.
What Clergy Wear
To add to the beauty and festivity of the services, and to signify their special ministries, the clergy, other ministers and the choir customarily wear vestments. The priest wears an alb, a white tunic with sleeves that covers the body from neck to ankles. Over it ordained ministers wear a stole, a narrow band of colored fabric. Deacons wear the stole over one shoulder, priests and bishops over both shoulders.
At the Holy Eucharist the priest frequently wears a chasuble (a circular garment that envelopes the body) over the alb and stole. The color changes with the seasons and holy days of the Church Year. The most frequently used colors are white, red, purple, and green.
The Church Year
The Anglican Church observes the traditional Christian calendar. The season of Advent, during which we prepare for Christmas, begins on the Sunday closest to November 30. Christmas itself lasts twelve days, after which we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany (January 6).
Lent, the forty days of preparation for Easter, begins on Ash Wednesday. Easter season lasts fifty days, concluding on the feast of Pentecost.
During these times the Bible readings are chosen for their appropriateness to the season. During the rest of the year--the season after Epiphany and the long season after Pentecost (except for a few special Sundays)--the New Testament is read sequentially from Sunday to Sunday. The Old Testament lesson corresponds in theme with one of the New Testament readings. The assigned readings are presented each week in every Anglican church.
You Will Not be Embarrassed
When you visit an Anglican church, you will be our respected and welcome guest. You will not be singled out in an embarrassing way, nor asked to stand before the congregation nor to come forward. You will worship God with us.Should you wish to know more about the Anglican Church or how one becomes an Anglican, the priest will gladly answer your questions and suggest the way to membership.