FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What do I do when I get there?
A: Proceed through the front door of the church. (The 8:00 am services are held in the chapel. All other services are held in the main church.) You will be greeted by an usher who will hand you a bulletin for the service and assist you with any questions or needs that you might have. If you have children and are attending the 9:15 a.m. service, the usher will direct you to the Sunday School where your children are welcome to attend during the service. There is a supervised nursery available for the 9:15 and 11:00 am services.
Q: Is the service easy to follow?
A: The bulletin will have the order of service with page references to our Book of Common Prayer and hymnal. If you are not familiar with the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, there is a manila colored booklet "The Order of Services for St. Paul's Anglican Church" in all the pews. It is easy to follow and gives all the information you will need to particpate in the service. Page references for the hymns are in the bulletin and are posted on the hymn boards in the front of the church.
Q: How long does each worship service last?
A: The services last about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes, but may last slightly longer if there is a baptism or other special occasion.
Q: What is the procedure for taking Holy Communion?
A: The usher will come to your pew when it is time for you to go up to the altar. Walk to the communion rail and kneel on the cushions at the rail when a place becomes available. When the priest comes in front of you, hold your right hand on top of your left hand to receive the wafer or bread. The wine may be received directly from the cup. If you prefer to receive the wine by "intinction," allow the wafer to remain in your hand until the priest or chalice bearer takes it and dips it in the wine. (This prevents administering a sacrament to one's self.) If you do not want to receive the wine, cross your arms across your chest in the form of an X and the chalicist will pass by you without offering the cup.
Q: Will I be singled out as a visitor?
A: No, but we encourage you to sign our guest book in the back of the church so that we may get to know you and add you to our mailing list, if you would like us to do so. The rector greets the congregation at the door as they leave the church at the end of the service. You may ask the rector, the usher or any member of the church and they will try to answer your questions. Also, you are encouraged to attend the coffee hour after each service in the parish hall on the lower level of the church where you can meet some of the parishioners.
Q: If I would like to be a member of St. Paul's, what should I do?
A: Ask the rector or the church administrator for an application for membership, fill it out, and turn it into the office when completed. We recognize baptism by any Christian denomination and the Sacraments of Baptism and Confrimation are available. Please see the priest for details.