What to Expect
Worship attire at St. Alban’s ranges from casual jeans to suits. Please come in whatever feels right to you.
The 9:00 a.m. service has about 25 to 40 worshipers and the service lasts about an hour. You will be finished in plenty of time to grab coffee and snacks from coffee hour and make it to a 10:15 a.m. Christian Education class. The 11:15 a.m. has about 75 to 100 worshipers and finishes around 12:30 p.m.
We use The Hymnal 1982 which is an Episcopalian hymnal. We occasionally use Renew as a supplement. Both services have organ and piano music. The St. Alban’s Choir shares their gifts at the 11:15 a.m. service.
When you enter, a Greeter will say hello and an usher will hand you a bulletin. The bulletin lays out the elements of the service, and much of what happens in the service is printed in the bulletin. The hymns can be found in the Hymnal in the pew rack in front of you. The Book of Common Prayer is there as well. The BCP is “is a treasure chest full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity. We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer” (- The Episcopal Church). At times, the bulletin will call for you to look up something in the BCP, and Rev. Erin will announce that. As far as what to do, we generally stand to sing, stand or sit to pray, and kneel to confess. However, please do whatever feels right to you. You will notice that there is no right or wrong way!
Children are welcome in worship! There are a couple options:
1.) Children are more than welcome to stay with you for the entire service. There are “Quiet Bags” in the Narthex (lobby) of the church. These bags have quiet activities in them and are returned after the service. Baby coos and cries are a welcome part of worship. There is also a “Cry Room” with a changing table and gliders for your convenience at the back of the church. The “Cry Room” has a window into the service as well as a sound system so you are still able to participate in worship.
2.) Ages 0 through 3 are welcome to partake in Nursery Care provided by our St. Alban’s Shepherds. Shepherds are volunteers who are trained, caring, and have completed their Safeguarding God’s Children training and background checks.
3.) Children 4 years of age through 5th grade can attend Children’s Chapel. Catherine LaGrone, our Director of Children’s Ministry, will lead the children out towards the beginning of the service. They will go to the Kingdom Kids room on the first floor of the Parish Life Center for a developmentally appropriate liturgy that mirrors what is happening in the church. Children return in time to Pass the Peace and participate in Holy Eucharist with the congregation.
You do not have to do anything during worship! If you feel called to give an amount, you can place that gift in the offering plate when the usher passes it to you (during the Offertory in the middle of the service).
Holy Eucharist, sometimes called the Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper, or Mass is the sacrament commanded by Jesus for the continual and communal remembering of this life, death, and resurrection until he comes again. In communion we share in blessed bread and wine as one body to receive forgiveness and strenght for the journey of loving God and loving neighbor.
At St. Alban’s, we celebrate Holy Eucharist during the second half of the service after the Scripture readings and the Sermon. Rev. Erin will stand behind the altar and use the Book of Common Prayer. When it is time, the ushers will indicate it’s time for your pew to head to the front. People usually kneel to receive communion, but it’s not a requirement. To receive communion, hold your hands out to Rev. Erin when she comes to you and she will place a wafer in it, saying, “The body of Christ, the bread of heaven.” Then someone will come with the chalice. You can either drink from the cup, or dip your wafer (intinction). They will say, “The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.” At this point, you can remain to pray or you can return to your seat. If you would not like to have communion but would like a blessing, simply cross your arms over you chest and Rev. Erin will bless you.
All the baptized people of God, regardless of age or denomination, are welcome and encouraged to receive communion. In other words, even if you or your child was baptized in a Methodist or Baptist church for instance, you can receive communion. Gluten-free wafers are available. If mobility is a challenge, communion can be brought to you rather than received at the rail. If you're in recovery, simply cross your arms on your chest when the person holding the chalice with the wine comes by at the altar rail; this is a way of saying "no thanks" to the wine. The spiritual benefits are the same regardless of whether you receive bread alone or bread and wine.