What to Expect

Services – A service at St. Mary’s is easy to follow using your bulletin and the Book of Common Prayer. Our ushers will hand you a bulletin as you enter the service. The Book of Common Prayer can be found in your pew. Find a seat anywhere you’d like.  As we wait for the service to begin, we prepare our hearts and minds for worship. Some people like to kneel and pray, while others prefer to sit quietly.

If you are unable to stand to receive Communion, the priests will come to your pew to administer Communion there. We have an area of pews that provide for a space to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers which you can find by asking an usher before the service.  [For more information]

Music – Your first introduction to our music ministry will likely be the melodies that you hear from our organ.  The organ accompanies the singing of hymns and often accompanies three of our choirs: the Choir of Men and Women, the Treble Choir (K-3rd grade) and the Boys and Girls Choir (4th grade and up).  We enjoy wonderful music at St. Mary’s and see this as an integral part of our worship.  [For more information]

Dress – Many St. Mary’s parishioners wear dresses or suits and ties; some parishioners dress more casually in dress pants and no jacket; some of our parishioners wear blue jeans. Come as you are most comfortable.  There is no dress code at St. Mary’s.

Feel – St. Mary’s has the feel of a traditional Episcopal church, but is replete with members who have come from other religious traditions and who are as warmly welcomed as cradle Episcopalians.  We’ve been described as “tradition done well” as a place that cherishes the longstanding Episcopal traditions without being stuffy.

Fellowship – After the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday mornings services, we have time to connect, converse . . . and drink coffee. Sometimes our coffee hour is just that — a time for parishioners and visitors to catch up with old friends, make new ones and enjoy some casual fellowship (along with the delicious treats arranged by our volunteer Coffee Angels).

On other Sundays, a more structured Adult Forum enables us to take a more in-depth look at a question of Scripture, hear about a St. Mary’s outreach effort or otherwise participate in God’s call to us.