When you visit Saint Anne's, we want you to feel comfortable, and so here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
The 8:00 AM worship service does not have music and uses the traditional English of the King James Version of the Bible (e.g., 'thee' instead of 'you', 'thine' instead of 'yours'). This service tends to be quiet and contemplative and usually lasts less than an hour.
The 9:30 AM worship service uses modern English and includes music. This service is energetic and lively and usually lasts about an hour.
We care more that you come to Saint Anne's than about what you wear to Saint Anne's. Typically, people dress casually. Children often wear school clothes.
You may use on-street parking in the neighborhood around the church. You may also park in the lot of the J&K Liquor Store on the corner of E. Green St. and S. Broad St. on Sundays between 7:30—11:45 AM.
Saint Anne's Episcopal Church is an inclusive Christian congregation, welcoming all people—regardless of ethnicity, nationality, socio-economic status, age, education, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression—to participate fully in the worship, mission, and ministry of the church.
Opposite-sex couples, same-sex couples, single parents, divorced parents, grandparents, and guardians are welcome with their children and grandchildren to participate fully in the worship, mission, and ministry of the church.
On Sundays, our Children's Room is staffed, beginning at 9:15 AM. Children two years old and older are welcome.
Children of all ages are welcome in both Sunday worship services.
Usually people call our clergy by their first name. Russ is our Rector (our full-time senior pastor), and Celeste is our Priest-in-Residence (our part-time assisting pastor). A few church members prefer a more formal title for our clergy and sometimes parents prefer that their children address the clergy more formally, in which case Russ and Celeste are addressed as Reverend Russ and Reverend Celeste.
At one point during worship, the ushers collect the Offering. The contributions collected during the Offering are used to support the worship, mission, and ministry of the church. Everyone is invited to make a donation; no one is expected to make a donation. Contributions of all amounts are gratefully accepted.
On Sundays, Godly Play (a Sunday school class) is available for 1st through 3rd graders, and Club 22 (a Sunday school class) is available for 4th through 6th graders. Both groups meet from 10:45—11:30 AM.
On Sunday evenings at the church, our 7th & 8th Grade Youth Group meets from 6:00—7:00 PM, and our High School Youth Group meets from 7:00—8:00 PM.
On Sundays, Adult Enrichment meets from 10:45—11:30 AM. Led by one of the priests, these discussions address topics related to Holy Scripture and to the Christian faith and life.
Weekly Bible Studies meet at the church on Thursday mornings from 8:00—9:00 AM and on Thursday evenings from 6:30—7:30 PM. Led by one of the priests and focusing on the Scripture readings for the up-coming Sunday, these Bible studies are open to everyone; participants attend as often as they're able. Childcare is available during the evening Bible Study.
Rite I is a worship service of Holy Eucharist that uses the traditional English of the King James Version of the Bible (e.g., 'thee' instead of 'you', 'thine' instead of 'yours') and is usually celebrated without music. Rite II is a worship service of Holy Eucharist that uses modern English and is usually celebrated with music.
Known as Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper, or the Mass, Holy Eucharist is the sacrament commanded by Jesus for the continual remembrance of and participation in his life, death, and resurrection. The symbols of the Eucharist are bread and wine. All are welcome to participate in Holy Communion, including children.
At the 8:00 AM worship service, follow the people in the pew in front of you and walk up the center aisle to the altar rail, at which you either kneel or stand (both are acceptable). Hold out your hands together, and a priest will place a consecrated wafer in your hand. You may eat the wafer or wait to dip it in the consecrated wine. A minister follows the priest with a cup of consecrated wine. You may take a sip of wine from the cup or dip your wafer in the wine (both sipping from the cup and dipping the wafer are acceptable). After receiving the consecrated bread and wine, return to your pew.
At the 9:30 AM worship service, follow the people in the pew in front of you and walk up the center aisle. The priest will be standing at the top of the center aisle. When you come to the priest, hold out your hands together, and a priest will place a piece of consecrated bread in your hand. You may eat the bread or wait to dip it in the consecrated wine. After you receive the bread, walk over to the side aisle where a minister will have a cup of consecrated wine. You may take a sip of wine from the cup or dip your wafer in the wine (both sipping from the cup and dipping the wafer are acceptable). After receiving the consecrated bread and wine, walk down the side aisle and return to your pew.
At both services, if you prefer to receive a blessing or prefer that your children receive a blessing instead of the consecrated bread and wine, when you come to the altar (at 8:00 AM) or to the priest (at 9:30 AM), cross your arms over your chest or have your children cross their arms over their chests. The priest will then give you or your child a blessing. After you receive your blessing, return to your pew. Also if you prefer, you may receive the consecrated bread and wine and have your children receive a blessing.
If you prefer not to receive the consecrated wine, you may receive the consecrated bread only and then return to your pew.
Consecrated gluten-free wafers are available at both worship services. When you come to the priest, ask to receive a gluten-free wafer.
If you have questions that are not addressed here or if you need more information about Saint Anne’s Church, please call the church office at 302-378-2401. We will be glad to talk with you.