What do you wear to church?
The dress at St. Luke’s is casual but respectful. Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and honors God and other people.
I have never been to an Episcopal church. What should I expect?
The Episcopal Church is a liturgical Christian church, which means that we worship following a particular order of service found in the red Book of Common Prayer in the pew. Our service is similar in structure to Roman Catholic and Lutheran services.
When you arrive, you can expect the church to be silent as people enter. We use the time before the service to pray, reflect, and get centered. Some people read prayers from the Book of Common Prayer; others sit quietly. The service usually begins with a hymn sung from the blue Hymnal.
You can expect movement and responses during the service; the congregation sits, stands, kneels, and approaches the altar at different times. Also, the congregation takes part in the “conversation” of the liturgy by responding aloud. We worship God with our hearts, minds, souls, bodies, and voices. You can follow along with the people around you until you get the hang of it.
Our service consists of two parts. The first part includes readings from the Bible, a sermon or reflection on the readings, prayers, and responses. The second part includes sharing Holy Communion. All baptized Christians are welcome at the table; those seeking a deeper relationship with God may join us and then learn more about Christian faith and practice by speaking with the priest. We use unleavened bread and real wine.
Having been nourished by the Word of God and fed with the spiritual food of Holy Communion, we give thanks to God and are sent out into the world in the name of Christ. Often we linger to visit with others or share a cup of coffee. Our service usually takes about an hour. We hope you’ll join us!
What is Holy Communion?
Holy Communion is one of the central practices of the Christian Church, commemorating Jesus’ last meal with his disciples and honoring his command to remember him when we gather in his name. We have Holy Communion every Sunday.
Who is allowed to receive communion?
Holy Communion is open for all Christians who have been baptized. However, if you are drawn to a deeper relationship with God through this sacramental act, join us at the altar and make an appointment to explore this calling with the priest.
Is the church handicapped accessible?
The church is handicapped accessible via a ramp on the side of the church building. An usher can assist with entering the building. Kimball Hall (downstairs in the parish house) is handicapped accessible, but the Parish House (upstairs) is not. We do not have handicapped-accessible bathrooms at this time.
Do you have nursery care?
Nursery care is available for infants and toddlers during the 10:30 service. Older children go to Sunday School. The children join their parents at the Peace for communion.
May I come to coffee hour after the service?
All are encouraged to attend coffee hour after the 10:30 service. It is a good way to get to know each other better.
May I have my wedding at St. Luke’s?
We like for people to observe important life events such as baptisms, weddings, and funerals in the context of their own faith community. St. Luke’s is not available for rent for events, but we are happy to help you find a place.
Where do I park?
Parking is available on Chunns Cove Road and in a parking lot to the north of the Parish House. Handicapped parking is located in front of the church building. In the upper area, for safety we ask that you park parallel to Chunns Cove Road.
How do I become a member?
The steps to becoming a member of St. Luke’s, through baptism, confirmation, or reception, depend on your particular faith journey. Generally members participate in a series of classes, spend time with a sponsor, and are welcomed by the community at a service. If you would like to know more, contact the rector.