Visit St. Clare’s
Whoever you are, and where ever you are in your walk of faith, we welcome you to worship with us!
We recently celebrated our 40th anniversary, and some of our members have been there from day one. Many others came to us over the years, beginning as guests just like you! We hope that you, like them, will feel welcome, accepted and loved in this community. We have prepared this welcome guide to help answer your questions about St. Clare’s, our community, and our worship experience. If you have more questions, just ask. Whether you grew up in the Episcopal Church, come from a different faith community, or have never attended a church at all, we want you to feel at home!
The people of Saint Clare’s worship together every Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., for about an hour. The 8 a.m. service has music twice a month. The 10:15 a.m. service has music, with organ, piano, and choir, and Sunday School is available for children from Age 4 to Grade 5 during the first half of the service. Children of all ages are welcome to be with their parents during both worship services. There are ‘busy bags’ at the entrance for your convenience.
The format of our worship service follows a tradition that dates back to the early church of almost two thousand years ago. We begin with the Liturgy of the Word, which includes readings from the Bible. After the readings, a member of our clergy gives a 15-20 minute sermon exploring the themes of the readings and what they mean for us today. Then the Sunday School children join their families in church, and we share peace and greetings with hugs and handshakes. The Liturgy of the Eucharist follows, during which the bread and wine is blessed, and then shared by everyone who wishes to participate. If you want a blessing, but not the bread and wine, simply cross your arms on your chest as a signal to those distributing communion. The service ends with a prayer of thanksgiving, a blessing, and a final hymn. Then we are encouraged to ’go out into the world to love and serve the Lord.’
- Hearing impaired? We have personal receivers available to amplify what comes through the sound system. Ask an usher.
- Mobility issues? The church is wheelchair accessible. If you need assistance getting to your seat, please ask an usher. While those around you may engage in what Episcopalians call “Pew Calisthenics,” please do not feel that you need to stand, kneel, or sit at any time. We want you to be safe and comfortable!
- Bathrooms are available at the back of the church and in the Sunday School wing.
- Changing tables are available in one of the church bathrooms, and in the nursery.
- Gluten-free communion bread is available. Simply ask the person distributing communion.