Visiting a new church can sometimes feel overwhelming, so here we’ve provided some answers to the most common questions people ask when they visit. We welcome other questions via phone or email, and we encourage you to ask a member of our Welcoming Committee when you arrive. We want your first visit to St. Ann’s to be special and welcoming, and we look forward to meeting you in person!
What are services like?
When you attend worship services with us at St. Ann’s you’ll be welcomed into our journey to know God. We do this during our services in a number of ways: we use the Book of Common Prayer (prayers are reprinted in our weekly bulletins to make it easy for newcomers and visitors to follow along) to recite group prayers and thanksgivings, we read from the Bible and interpret what we hear, we sing hymns, we hear a sermon, we give an offering, and we participate in the Eucharist (Holy Communion) each week to give thanks to God for our blessings.
Our services change a bit throughout the year, depending upon the seasons, and even include some beautiful outdoor services during the summer months!
What if I’m not Episcopalian?
That’s OK- come in anyway! Many of our members have come to us from other denominations over the years, and we think that makes us a pretty dynamic group. When we say in our mission statement that we are a “welcoming community rooted in Jesus Christ,” we really mean it- we welcome you to join us no matter what your religious background is… or isn’t! Even if you’ve never set foot in a church, we’d still love to meet you.
What should I wear?
There is no formal dress code at St. Ann’s and you should wear what feels comfortable to you. You’ll see the clergy and acolytes wearing robes, and many people wearing “traditional” Sunday morning attire, but you’ll also see many folks wearing nice, casual clothes.
Are children welcome?
Oh my, yes! You’ll notice when you visit us that we have many children as part of our church family, and that makes us all very, very happy. No, it doesn’t always make for perfectly silent worship services, but we feel that the gift of a child’s laughter (and sometimes chatter) is one of God’s most precious gifts. You’ll even discover that once per month we dedicate an entire service to families, and we invite the children to read, serve on the altar, and participate in a dialogue sermon with Father Tim. Please, bring the whole family!
Do you have a nursery?
Yes, at our 10 AM service. The nursery is located downstairs in our Sunday School area, and drop-ins are welcome. We read stories and participate in friendly, unstructured play while the grown ups enjoy worship upstairs. Please bring a diaper bag if your child is not yet potty-trained.
Do you have a Sunday School?
Yes. Our Children’s Chapel begins downstairs at 9:30 and includes children from preschool through 5th grade. We also have two youth groups, one for middle- and one for high- school students. For more information on our programming, please see our Formation tab at the top of this site.
Do visitors need to stand up or say anything?
No. We want you to be as comfortable as possible, so we won’t put you on the spot. You’ll probably be approached by some friendly faces who notice you’re new, but they’ll be there to answer questions for you and to make you feel comfortable. They may also give you a contact card to fill out so that we can keep in touch with you and your family.
Do I need to participate in the offering or go to the altar for communion?
No. You don’t need to do anything that you’re unsure about. We invite you to worship with us because we truly believe that having you with us will enrich our own experience, and will be a gift to you as well. You needn’t feel pressure to participate in the offering as a guest, nor to come to the altar to receive communion (although all baptized Christians are welcome to come to the altar if they choose, regardless of denomination). The choice is yours!
Need a few more questions answered?
Please call us at church 207.892.8447 or contact our Parish Administrator and we’d be happy to help you, or you can simply join us on a Sunday morning and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.