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We are glad that you might consider being part of our church family for worship, as Doers of the Word, worshiping God and serving others to build God’s kingdom. We hope you will feel at home at our service and will not hesitate to ask ushers or clergy if you have questions. The service bulletin you receive when you attend will guide you to take part in the liturgy using the red Book of Common Prayer and the blue Hymnal. The bulletin also provides descriptions of upcoming events and ministries of St. James’s, which you are invited to attend or join. We encourage you to take the service bulletin home so you can learn more about our parish life and continue praying for the week – and then you can recycle it.
Children are a blessing and welcome at all of our services. We want them to feel at home, too! Please help them find materials for drawing and coloring in the cabinet on the east side of the narthex (entrance foyer). The nursery for ages 1-3 is on the first floor of Gibson Hall, which is connected to the sanctuary. Bathrooms are underneath the sanctuary.
The Holy Eucharist (communion) is the central act of worship at most of our services. In the Episcopal tradition, those who receive the sacrament of Holy Eucharist have already been baptized in a Christian denomination; however, we invite all to come forward and participate. An usher will direct you to the altar at the appropriate time. You may kneel or stand. You may receive the bread and wine separately, or intinct (dip) the wafer into the chalice of wine. Please tell the priest if you need a gluten-free wafer. If you do not want to receive communion, we hope you will come forward to the altar and cross your arms over your chest, that we might share a prayer with you.