FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here you will find answers to many questions newcomers and guests have about St. Benedict's and worship at Episcopal Churches, in general.
What should I expect on my first visit?
A smiling face to greet you at the door. Please know that we understand that people want to feel welcomed but not pressured on their first visit to a new church. We invite you to come a little early on Sunday morning and have a bagel or a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Additionally, you can schedule a coffee or a lunch with the clergy if you would prefer.
What are your typical worship times?
In general, Episcopal churches organize worship and program schedules to correspond the academic/school year. Service times can always be found on the front page of our website.
What can I expect during an Episcopal worship service?
Episcopal churches in the United States use the Book of Common Prayer to guide their worship. We have lively traditional worship with hymns, scripture, and a short homily. St. Benedict's makes following worship easy by providing a service bulletin on Sundays that details the entire service. You can download the most current bulletin on our "This Sunday at St. Benedict's" page.
Who can take communion in your church?
The principal weekly worship service in the Episcopal Church is called the Holy Eucharist. All baptized Christians, no matter age or denomination, are invited to participate. Visitors who are not baptized are invited to come forward during Communion and receive a blessing from the clergy.
How can the church get to know me better?
You are invited to complete a "Visitor Card." This card simply asks for your name, address and information about your family. It's purpose is to alert us to your interest in St. Benedict's, whatever shape that may take, and helps us make sure you get the information you need. Plus, when you fill it out, this "Golden Ticket" entitles you to a coffee and some charming get-to-know-you time with clergy.
How can I find out what's going on Sunday?
Our online calendar will provide you a schedule for Sunday as well as church activities during the week.
Does the church have childcare for infants and small children?
Yes. The Nurturing Center is open during both Sunday Morning worship services for children 6 months to 3 years old. St. Benedict's contracts with A Friend of the Family to provide trained and qualified personnel for our Nurturing Center.
What is Children's Chapel?
During the 10:30 a.m. church service, children are invited to attend Children's Chapel located in the Parish Hall. Children re-join their families at the Offertory for Holy Communion.In Children's Chapel children begin to learn the various roles lay people have in the worship service and is a wonderful opportunity for children to experience the "Liturgy of the Word" (the first half of the service) in an easy to understand format. They may participate as intercessor (reading the prayers of the people) and as an acolyte (carrying the cross during the procession at the offertory) and usher (bringing the children's offering to the altar).
Who are the clergy at St. Benedict's?
The Rev. Claiborne Jones is our interim rector and she is helped by our Deacon, Edith Woodling and our Seminarian, Zack Jones. You can read more about them here.
How can I learn about opportunities to get involved?
St. Benedict's is a vibrant community with a wide variety of ways for you to share your time and talent. The Get Involved section of the website has information on areas of the church where you can get involved. You can also download "Sharing Our Gifts" a booklet that contains a complete list of groups and ministries and was designed specifically to help newcomers easily find and connect with groups of interest.