We’re delighted you’re planning on joining us, we hope that you’ll feel comfortable coming as you are and seeing what we do in person, but if you would like a little more information before coming…
We would like to extend a special welcome…
to those who are single, married, divorced, partnered, LGBT, filthy rich, dirt poor, or struggle to speak English.
We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti or can’t carry a tune in a stainless steel bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woke up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than a bishop or haven’t been in church since little Jack’s baptism or Uncle Fred’s funeral (or ever).
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60, who may or may not be grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up far too fast. We welcome soccer moms and football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians and junk food eaters. We welcome those who are addicted – whether in recovery or not. We welcome you if you’re having problems, you’re down in the dumps, or are suffering in body, mind or spirit. We extend an especially warm welcome to those who don’t like ‘organized religion’ (don’t worry, we’re not that organized).
If you blew all your money on the horses, you’re welcome here. We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work or can’t work, can’t spell, or are only here because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as a kid, or got lost finding the beltway off I-95 and ended up here by mistake. We welcome tourists and locals, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts and hardened ones.
… and you!
It’s my first time here, what do I do?
Our worship is based on the rhythm of Holy Communion that has been passed down for thousands of years. You’ll notice that some people will stand, kneel, and make the sign of the cross, we have prayers and congregational responses that are in the bulletin, and we do a lot of singing.
You are welcome to come forward and receive communion or a blessing.
Please participate in whatever ways you feel called and if you’re more comfortable sitting back and “taking it all in” that’s fine too.
You’ll see that some people dress up in their “Sunday best,” and others arrive ready to head to the gym after church, and both are welcome.
We love the sounds of crying infants and seeing wiggly toddlers in our sanctuary, and we also know that sometimes parents need a break. We have a nursery for infants and toddlers, and Sunday School is offered during the first half of the service.
Lastly, we hope you’ll join us after worship in the fellowship hall for refreshments and conversation. Any questions you have are warmly welcome, we are two churches making up a new community, so in a way, everyone else here is new too!
How do I get involved?
We have a LOT going on in our community and we know that sometimes that can make it hard to figure out where to jump in. Our bulletin and our weekly e-news will let you know about upcoming events, if you grab a copy of our directory you’ll see information about who leads which ministries is right upfront.
Wait, how many churches are here?
Our community is a merger of churches from two traditions (Episcopalian and ELCA Lutheran) we came together to better serve God in our surrounding area. We invite anyone from any background to join us in this fresh expression of our Christian faith. Our broader community includes many addiction recovery groups and community organizations.